"How can someone be this unlucky": Tennis fans share devastation as bad luck Berrettini rears its head again at US Open

Fans reacted to another injury suffered by Matteo Berrettini during his match with Arthur Rinderknech in the second round of the US Open.

The Italian has had a tough time in 2023, battling injuries that have kept him from achieving the kind of results he had in previous years, which saw him reach the final of the 2021 Wimbledon and climb to world No. 6.

After the conclusion of the US Open, Berrettini will occupy the world No. 65 ranking at best, though he could drop even further depending on the results of the coming weeks.

This time, Berrettini's injury was particularly complex as he was trying to stage a comeback in his match against Rinderknech (6-4, 5-3 in favor of the Frenchman).

During an exchange, the Italian moved towards his backhand side and attempted to slide, but his right foot got stuck, resulting in a shocking ankle twist that elicited screams of pain and tears, forcing him to retire.

Berrettini had already been absent from the ATP tour for about six weeks due to an injury following the Australian Open. Then, in Monte-Carlo, he withdrew prior to his round of 16 match against Holger Rune, missing the rest of the clay court tournaments, including the French Open, and returned during the grass court season.

Although he exited in the first round of Stuttgart and then skipped Queen's Club, he arrived at Wimbledon showing determination in his favorite tournament. He won matches against the 15th seed Alex de Minaur and the 19th seed Alexander Zverev before falling to the eventual champion Carlos Alcaraz in four sets.

Fans reacted to the bad luck that has plagued Berrettini over the past year due to the injuries that have affected him:

"Jesus, this man can't get a break. It really feels cruel at this point, it's like universe is saying 'no' to his career. Feel sorry for the Matteo, I really do. Hope he can recover from this one quickly," another fan commented.

“Matteo Berrettini once won 18 straight grand slam matches without losing to anyone not named Djokovic or Nadal. The sport is better when this guy is healthy. Very sad to see.”

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