Injured Berrettini withdraws from French Open

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The Italian has played only six matches since his semi-final loss to Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open in January, undergoing surgery after the Indian Wells Masters.

On Sunday (AEST), the 26-year-old confirmed he is making progress but not yet ready to return for the second grand slam of the year.

"My hand is feeling great, and I am working hard to build up my match fitness," Berrettini posted on his Instagram profile.

"My team and I have made the decision that going straight back into five-set matches on clay at Roland Garros would not be sensible, therefore I will delay my comeback to compete in the full grass season.

"Thank you as always for all the support. I can't wait to be back competing."

The world No.8 reached the quarter-finals last year in Paris, losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in four sets, before losing again in four sets to Djokovic in the Wimbledon final.


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