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Matteo Berrettini to miss Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome tournaments

BNP Paribas Open - Day 10

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 16: Matteo Berrettini of Italy plays a backhand in his match against Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia during the BNP Parisbas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 16, 2022 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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MILAN -- Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini will miss the next three ATP Masters 1000 tournaments as he recovers from surgery.

The 25-year-old Italian, who is ranked sixth, had surgery on his right hand last week.

“Following advice from the medical experts, my team and I have decided that it is crucial I do not put time pressure on my recovery process,” Berrettini said in a post on Instagram. “We have therefore decided I should withdraw from the Monte-Carlo, Madrid and Rome tournaments to ensure I give myself the proper amount of time to return at my highest level.

“Withdrawing from these events, particularly Rome, was an extremely tough decision, however it is the right one to ensure many more years of competing at the highest level for the biggest trophies.”

Berrettini reached the final at Wimbledon last year, losing to Novak Djokovic, and the semifinals of the Australian Open in January.

Berrettini also reached his first Masters 1000 final last year, losing to Alexander Zverev in the Madrid Open.

The furthest Berrettini has gone in the Italian Open is the quarterfinal in 2020.

The Italian Open in Rome finishes a week before the French Open starts on May 22 in Paris.