“For This Shirt, I Quartered Myself”: Fabio Fognini Unhappy With Matteo Berrettini’s Decision to Skip Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 07/22/2021, 1:16 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in action during his quarter final match against Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


World No.8 Matteo Berrettini registered his best Grand Slam performance at the Wimbledon Championships 2021 as he reached the finals of the tournament. Even though World No.1 Novak Djokovic defeated him in four sets to clinch the title, the Italian was able to win a few hearts.

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After the Wimbledon Championships 2021, Berrettini was supposed to play at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. He was to play doubles with Fabio Fognini there but withdrew from the tournament because of an injury. This has upset Fognini according to multiple reports, as he allegedly never got a call from Matteo and instead found out about the development from a news report. Before Matteo’s withdrawal, Jannik SInner too had withdrawn from the Games.

In a recent interview, Fognini seemed quite unhappy with his compatriots’ decision, also revealing that the Olympic Games is one event he will never skip.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021. Italy’s Fabio Fognini reacts during his first-round match against Gregoire Barrere of France REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

“Sinner also made a choice that I do not agree with. But for this shirt, I quartered myself,” said Fognini in the interview.

He also stated that because of Berrettini, he will not be able to play in the doubles category at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, especially since he never got a call.

“I would rather not comment on that. I cannot play doubles because of his withdrawal and I am still waiting for his call,” added the Italian player.

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Matteo Berrettini in the 2021 tennis season

It has been a great year for Berrettini so far. It is because of this that his fans are still pushing him to change his mind and play at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021. Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in action during his final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Paul Childs

After having a decent hard-court season, Berrettini has delivered some quite remarkable performances on the clay and grass court. He won the Serbian Open 2021 and was the runner-up of the Mutua Madrid Open 2021. He even managed to reach the quarters of the French Open 2021 but lost to Novak Djokovic there.

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The Italian continued his dream run and played some incredible tennis even on grass. He won the Queen’s Club Championships 2021 and then ended up as the runner-up of the Wimbledon Championships 2021.

It’ll be intriguing to see when Matteo Berrettini makes a return to the court. Fans have huge expectations from him and want him to continue from where he left. Will he succeed at the US Open 2021?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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