Matteo Berrettini withdraws from Paris Masters to protect ATP Finals participation

Matteo Berrettini has withdrawn from the Paris Masters to ensure he is fit for the ATP Finals in Turin.

Berrettini has qualified for the ATP Finals for the second time, and is understandably keen to impress with the tournament being played in his native Italy for the first time.

He was due to play the Paris Masters this week, but he has opted to withdraw due to ‘stiffness’

“I have had some stiffness in my neck over the last few days so have decided to withdraw from Paris Bercy,” Berrettini said on his Instagram story.

“I would like to make sure I am 100% ready to compete in Torino for the ATP Finals. Thanks for all the support and see you in Torino.”

Berrettini has had a fine season on the ATP Tour this year, reaching his first Grand Slam final.

He lost that one at Wimbledon against Novak Djokovic, but there was definitely a sense that he had stepped his game up a level in 2021.

The Italian has won two titles so far this season at Queens and in Belgrade.

Matteo Berrettini looks like he will be joined by another Italian in Turin, with Jannik Sinner putting himself in a strong position to qualify.

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