2023 has not been a kind year for Matteo Berrettini, who struggled with injuries for much of it, and it's not getting better.
There are many ways to illustrate how poor of a season this has been for Matteo Berretini. A player who consistently played 50-60 matches a year notched only 26 matches so far in 2023 as he continues to struggle with injuries.
He missed two months after the Australian Open with injuries, only to miss a month more after the Sunshine Double in March. He then missed almost three months after picking up an injury in Monte-Carlo but managed to remain sort of healthy since returning during the grass season.
The Wimbledon run was a positive one for him, but it was pretty clear that his tennis was not where it needed to be with all the stop-and-go he endured this year. It's a very momentum-based sport, and being unable to play consistently will hurt you.
The US Open was always a good place for him, with several notable results. He started well, beating Ugo Humbert in the first round, but then saw himself play somewhat badly against Arthur Rinderknech in the second round.
He was on the verge of falling behind 2-0 in sets when he tumbled down twisting his ankle badly. Berrettini remained on the ground for a while before getting up, and it was pretty clear that he would retire from the match and he did.
The Italian left the court in a wheelchair, which was a heartbreaking moment considering how much he endured already. Many still remember him leaving the Stuttgart Open court in tears earlier this year and this scene wasn't any better.
Fans hope the injury isn't as serious as it looked, but we won't know until he provides an update. That's yet to happen.