Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini suffered what appeared to be an abdominal injury in his ATP Finals opener against Alexander Zverev but he is hoping to continue the tournament.
Zverev was up 7-6 (7) 1-0 when Berrettini decided to call it a match.
“I didn’t feel anything and then I felt it just like in that serve in the last game and it’s something that it’s mentally really tough for me, because I used to have like an injury close to the same area, so it’s really tough for me to go and play over it,” Berrettini said, per Tennis Majors. “Also, because I don’t know what it is. So first I have to figure out what it is and then mentally if I see that it’s nothing really big, then maybe I can play.”
Berrettini dealt with the same injury earlier this year
At the Australian Open, Berrettini was forced to give Stefanos Tsitsipas a walkover in the round-of-16 due to an abdominal injury.
“I remember coming back from that injury, in order to serve full power I had to say to myself to be brave because it’s not easy when you’ve felt something that sharp,” he said. “So right now I really hope that it’s not that big, but it was just impossible to keep playing. Obviously I was feeling it today again, I wasn’t able to finish, but hopefully with my team and with the doctors tomorrow I’m going to do some checks and I really hope it’s not going to be something that is going to make me not play the next two matches.”
Zverev won but felt bad for Berrettini.
“I don’t really know what to say, because this is the worst feeling a player can have,” Zverev said in his on-court interview. “You play all year long to qualify for this beautiful tournament. For Matteo playing at home, this is the worst feeling I think he will ever have in his career.”