Matteo Berrettini is back on the practice court after undergoing surgery on his right hand in March, but the World No. 8’s comeback schedule will not include competing at Roland Garros at the end of May.
“Following a very positive update from my medical team, I am now back on-court training at a high level,” announced the Italian on Instagram on Saturday. “My hand is feeling great and I am working hard to build up my match fitness.
“My team and I have made the decision that going straight back into five-set matches on clay at Roland Garros would not be sensible, therefore I will delay my comeback to compete in the full grass season.”
Berrettini reached the quarter-finals in Paris last year before falling to eventual champion Novak Djokovic, his best run at the Grand Slam event in the French capital, which will be held this year from 22 May to 5 June. The 26-year-old Berrettini is currently 9-6 for the 2022 season, having reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open in January.
Despite the disappointment of missing out on this year’s clay season, Berrettini will return on another surface on which he has enjoyed significant success. The Italian won a second grass-court title at the Cinch Championships in London last year, before going on to reach a maiden Grand Slam final at Wimbledon.
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