Matteo Berrettini’s career success is symbolic of the recent boom in Italian tennis. He is leading the way for his nation’s next generation of talented players.
At his best, Berrettini has proven to be a powerhouse on the tennis court. Now we will explore his life more closely to better understand his rapid ascent.
|1.96m (6 ft 5 in)||95 kg (209 lbs)||Born – April 12th, 1996||Father: Luca Berrettini |
Mother: Claudia Bigo
Brother: Jacopo Berrettini
Who Is Matteo Berrettini?
Matteo Berrettini is an Italian male tennis player who began his professional career in 2015. Turning professional at 19 years of age may be considered somewhat late, but Matteo has taken great strides so far in his short career.
Matteo is from a family of tennis enthusiasts. His younger brother Jacopo is also a player and no doubt hopes to follow in his brother’s footsteps. Matteo was first introduced to the sport at age 3 but began training more seriously with his brother when he turned 8.
Berrettini was born in Rome though, like many fellow top professionals, he resides in Monte Carlo, which is a convenient base for him during the tennis season. Through his travels and interactions with the media, Berrettini has learned to speak English and Spanish alongside his native Italian.
His Career So Far
Matteo Berrettini only entered his first ATP tour-level event in 2017. In his hometown of Rome, he took part in the Masters 1000 tournament. There, he lost to his compatriot Fabio Fognini in the first round. His first appearance in a Grand Slam main draw came at the 2018 Australian Open, where he also lost in the first round.
After a series of generally unimpressive results at majors, Matteo’s first breakthrough happened at the 2019 US Open when he made the semi-final stage.
As of early 2022, Berrettini had registered 113 singles victories, plus 5 singles titles and 2 doubles titles. His most memorable title was the 2021 Queen’s Club Championships. This was his first at ATP 500 level and included victories over home favorites Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans, and Andy Murray.
Matteo Berrettini first entered the top 10 in the ATP rankings in October 2019 and he has (so far) not left this elite group. His highest singles ranking to date is world number 7.
The 2021 Wimbledon Runner-Up
Matteo Berrettini’s defining career moment so far was contesting the 2021 Wimbledon final. He entered the championships on a hot grass-court streak, having claimed the Queen’s Club title a week earlier. Hence, he was considered to be one of the biggest threats.
Berrettini defeated young rivals Felix Auger-Aliassime and Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter- and semi-final respectively to earn a matchup against two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic. Despite being behind at the start of the match, he rallied to claim the first set in the tiebreak.
From that moment on, his level of play dropped and his hungry opponent stormed to the title by winning the next 3 sets. Despite the loss, Berrettini contributed to an entertaining and competitive display of tennis. Also, this final showing was significant because beforehand, no Italian man had ever reached a Wimbledon final.
Berrettini also lost his first and, so far, only Masters 1000 final in Madrid in 2021 to Alexander Zverev. Although Matteo has won clay and grass-court titles, he has not yet made a hard court final.
Matteo Berrettini – Player Profile
- 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Like many of his talented fellow competitors born in the 1990s, Berrettini is a tall player. In the increasingly fast-paced, hard-hitting, and physical game of modern tennis, a greater stature can be beneficial.
Berrettini certainly uses his height to his advantage; he can serve fast and hit powerful forehands and backhands thanks largely to his height and wingspan.
As with many other current tall players, his height does not adversely impact his mobility. Despite his long legs, Berrettini can move around the court better than many shorter players from past generations. Aside from his attacking prowess, his footwork and reach make it tough to hit winners against him.
- 95 kg (209 lbs)
Berrettini’s weight may seem quite high and indeed he is heavier than most other male players ― as a matter of fact, he is one of the heaviest players. For reference, John Isner is thought to be the heaviest active player at 111 kg (245 lbs).
Based on his height, Berrettini’s BMI value is around 24.7 which is normal. It is clear that the Italian’s body is more muscular in comparison to some of his rivals, which adds to his weight but allows him to hit shots with more power too.
Once again, having to carry around extra weight does not seem to negatively impact Berrettini’s playing ability.
- Born: April 12th, 1996
Matteo Berrettini is a couple of months younger than fellow next-gen star Daniil Medvedev. By 2022, he had only been participating in high-level competitions for a few years. Yet, he had already cemented his status as one of the world’s best, plus a Grand Slam contender too.
With advances in sports science, nutrition, and physiotherapy, players today have longer careers than ever before. Berrettini’s well-rounded game and physicality make him a tough matchup for all types of opponents.
His best playing days are certainly ahead of him, so we can expect to see him deliver even stronger results in the future.
- Father: Luca Berrettini
- Mother: Claudia Bigo
- Brother: Jacopo Berrettini
Matteo’s father Luca is Italian and has ancestors from Florence in the North of Italy. His mother Claudia is half Brazilian and half Italian.
His family is very fond of tennis and, although his parents bought him a racket at the age of 3, Matteo did not initially enjoy the sport. He preferred judo and swimming but eventually switched to tennis after his younger brother urged him.
Berrettini currently works with 3 coaches: Vincenzo Santopadre, Marco Gulisano, and Umberto Rianna.
Matteo Berrettini: Summary & Future
Matteo has demonstrated phenomenal capabilities on all surfaces. He does not allow his size to limit him and instead uses it to aid his game.
Based on his recent triumph at The Queen’s Club and final appearance at Wimbledon, it is obvious that his game is effective on grass. Hence, it seems that Berrettini has an excellent chance to secure a Wimbledon crown in the next decade.
In fact, Berrettini has the strength and skills to win each of the major tournaments. The question is: can he continue to improve and overcome his young rivals while staying injury-free and motivated? Time will tell, and we are all interested to see how far he can go.