The Monte-Carlo Masters takes a hit as two big players pull out of the event

The ATP Masters tournament in Monte Carlo has been boosted by the return of Novak Djokovic, but now two big players have retired from the clay-court event

Dominic Thiem signed Covid at a tournament in Marbella last week
Dominic Thiem signed Covid at a tournament in Marbella last week

Dominic Thiem and Matteo Berrettini have both been banned from the Monte-Carlos Masters in a double blow to the organisers.

The clay court tournament, which is traditionally an integral part of the build-up to the French OpenShe had already been dealt a blow by the retreat Rafael Nadal. The 11-time champion is currently recovering from a stress fracture to his rib cage.

Nadal found out about the injury after losing in the Indian Wells Masters final, although his absence was tempered by the return of Novak Djokovic. The Serb will only play his second tournament of the year in Monte Carlo.

This is because he refuses to be vaccinated covida performance that cost him his spot at the Australian Open. But a recent workout video uploaded to social media hinted that the world no. 1 is in good shape for a tournament he won just once in 2015.

But now 2020 US Open Master Thiem, 28, has withdrawn from the ATP Masters event because of Covid. Reuters reported that the Austrian contracted the virus at an ATP Challenger Tour event in Marbella, Spain last week.

Thiem himself accepted Twitter on Thursday to confirm the news, but also revealed he has tested negative since his retirement: “Hey guys! I hope you are all doing well!” he posted.

Matteo Berrettini has withdrawn from the Monte Carlo Masters due to injury


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“A quick update: I’m finally negative and feeling a lot better! Thank you for all your messages! I really appreciate that!

“I’m going to have a medical check so I can get back on track.” Thiem has had a frustrating time since injuring his wrist nine months ago and has already pulled away from this year’s Australian Open, Cordoba Open , Indian Wells Masters and Miami Open retired.

And 2021 Wimbledon Runners-up Berrettini, 25, has followed suit after also missing Miami after undergoing minor surgery on his playing hand. He has now revealed he has not recovered in time to play in Monte-Carlo.

He will also miss next month’s events in Madrid and Rome: “Following the advice of the medical experts, my team and I have decided that it is crucial that I do not put any time pressure on my recovery process,” continued the Italian Instagram.

“Retiring from these events, particularly Rome, has been an extremely tough decision but it is the right one to ensure we continue to compete for the greatest trophies at the highest level for many years to come.”

It’s Stefanos Tsitsipas who will come into play as the defending champions after beating Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-3 in the 2021 final. The tournament did not take place in 2020 due to the pandemic.

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