World No. 8 Matteo Berrettini announced Saturday that he withdrew from the upcoming French Open as he continues his recovery from right hand surgery.
Berrettini underwent the procedure in March. Play at Roland Garros begins May 22.
“Following a very positive update from my medical team, I am now back on-court training at a high level,” the Italian said on Instagram. “My hand is feeling great and I am working hard to build up my match fitness.
“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.”
Berrettini, 26, reached the quarterfinals in Paris last year before losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic.
He reached the Australian Open semifinals earlier this year before losing to eventual champ Rafael Nadal.
–Field Level Media