ALAS! Lorenzo Musetti Disqualified From National Bank Open in Toronto As He Breaches the Protocols

Published 08/07/2021, 7:55 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 7, 2021 Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti in action during his fourth round match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


Italian tennis player Lorenzo Musetti has made quite an impact this season. The youngster has played exceptionally well during the clay season. After seeing him this season, one can say that he is an exciting prospect who can make it big in the coming years. 

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Unfortunately, Lorenzo Musetti breached COVID-19 protocols ahead of the National Bank Open. Because of that, he cannot compete in the upcoming event. This news comes as a severe blow to the Italian. With the season’s final Grand Slam event later this month, the Toronto Open would’ve helped him prepare.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 7, 2021 Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti reacts during his fourth round match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

The statement released was, “Tennis Canada and ATP can confirm that Lorenzo Musetti has been withdrawn from the National Bank Open presented by Rogers qualifying draw due to having left the COVID-19 controlled environment.”

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Lorenzo Musetti is the latest casualty 

Musetti left the COVID-19 bubble, which left the organizers with no option but to remove the Italian. They replaced him with Aussie youngster, Max Purcell. This latest update will have a negative impact on his hardcourt season currently.

They further added, “As per the letter of approval issued by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to the National Bank Open to run the event, any individual leaving the controlled environment is in breach of COVID-19 protocol & will be unable to re-enter & compete at the event.”

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 7, 2021 Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti with Serbia’s Novak Djokovic after retiring injured from their fourth round match REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Speaking of the Italian, he had a great clay season. Sadly, at the French Open, he lost to Novak Djokovic in the fourth round. During that match, he was up by two sets and then ended up losing the next three sets. 

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However, one hopes he recovers soon and can come back competing at the highest levels. Once he returns, all eyes will be on the teenage sensation. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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