Wimbledon: Berrettini withdraws after positive coronavirus test

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Matteo Berrettini has withdrawn from Wimbledon after testing positive for coronavirus.

The eighth seed was due to face Cristian Garin in the first round on Tuesday but will now take no part after suffering with mild flu-like symptoms in the past few days.

Berrettini was the runner-up at SW19 in 2021 and, after recently winning at Queen's for the second straight year, was considered to be among the favourites to go all the way at the All England Club.

But the Italian revealed his status on social media.

He wrote: "I am heartbroken to announce that I need to withdraw from Wimbledon due to a positive COVID-19 test result. I have had flu symptoms and been isolating the last few days.

"Despite symptoms not being severe, I decided it was important to take another test this morning to protect the health and safety of my fellow competitors and everyone else involved in the tournament.

"I have no words to describe the extreme disappointed I feel. The dream is over for this year, but I will be back stronger. Thank you for the support."

Berrettini's withdrawal sees a potential threat removed from Rafael Nadal's side of the men's singles draw.

Lucky loser Elias Ymer of Sweden takes his place in the first-round clash with Garin.

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