Melissa Satta responded to the criticism about her relationship with Matteo Berrettini.
The television presenter was married to German footballer Kevin Prince Boateng between 2016 and 2020, during which time the former AC Milan player had to deal with constant injury problems. Satta was accused of influencing her ex-husband's injuries by having too much sex, and now her relationship with Matteo Berrettini has received criticism amidst the Italian's recent injury problems and drop in form in recent months.
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'[They say] "Berrettini doesn't win because Satta is distracting him, she's too demanding"… But I held back,' Satta said.
“[This has happened before] with my ex-husband [Boateng] who suffered from pubalgia,” she added on her interview with Sports Ilustrated.
Berrettini's last appearance on tour was at the Monte-Carlo Masters, where he had to retire in the third round before his match against Holger Rune:
“[Berrettini’s injury] is an injury in the same place as the one in 2021, when I didn't know him. But in any case - do I really have to answer to these people?” Satta concluded.
The 2021 Wimbledon finalist also spoke about the comments he receives about his relationship and his drop in results.
“I cannot conceive how a relationship can allow you not to do your job, but people talk,” Berrrettini said.
“We live in the era of social media, where everyone can say anything and it seems to me as if general education has been lost. In the end, however, I am happy, this is what matters,” world No. 21 added.