What a shame Berrettini, the Italian knockout against Draper in the final in Stuttgart


By John

Matteo Berrettini was defeated in the final in Stuttgart. The Roman tennis player, upon returning after the last of several recent stops due to injury, surrendered at the “Boss Open”, the ATP 250 tournament staged on German grass courts, where he triumphed in 2019 and 2022. In the final Berrettini was beaten by Jack Draper, the 22-year-old left-hander from Sutton, number 40 in the ranking, sixth seeding favorite who wins his first title. The blue won with a score of 6-3 in the first set, lost in the second to a tie-break 7-6(5) and then was defeated in the third 6-4.

Berrettini disappointed: “This defeat will hurt for a while”

Congratulations to Jack, you played an incredible tournament and final. I came very close to winning it, this defeat will hurt me for a while but I have won and lost games like this. I am convinced that Jack will win many other tournaments”, said Matteo Berrettini during the awards ceremony of the Stuttgart tournament, after the final lost against the British Draper who won his first ATP title. «Of course I have to say thanks to my team, only we know what we’ve been through – he added – the ups and downs, the injuries: it’s all part of sport and life anyway. The people who work with me have given me strength when I thought I had none, thank you. It’s just the first step in the grass season.” Berrettini then thanked “all those who followed the match from home, I’m sorry I didn’t satisfy you, but I read your messages, your comments: you are the best”.