This may take some beating as essentially the most cringeworthy press convention second of 2021.
Rising Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini was probably already feeling unhealthy sufficient yesterday after withdrawing from the Australian Open on account of harm.
Berrettini didn’t take to the court docket in opposition to Stefanos Tsitsipas, with an stomach subject ruling him out.
So the very last thing he wanted when fronting the media to debate the disappointing consequence was this opening query.
“So, Matteo, to begin off with, are you able to discuss us via your match and the way you had been feeling on the court docket right this moment?” the reporter requested.
Fortunately, Berrettini met the question with fun earlier than explaining that he had not in actual fact stepped onto the court docket.
“I pulled out. I’ve an issue with my abs,” Berrettini stated.
“I spoke to the docs and so they stated it will probably worsen, so clearly I’m not 100 per cent.
“With my crew, I made a decision to not play as a result of it’s not well worth the threat on this large stage.”
It got here after Rafael Nadal had been the one to successfully break the information of Berrettini’s withdrawal at a press convention of his personal.
Nadal started discussing what he wanted to do in opposition to Tsitsipas earlier than realising the information of Berrettini’s exit had not but come to gentle.
“I have to make one other step ahead in opposition to Tsitsipas,” Nadal stated.
“Is it official? He’ll play tonight… OK. Effectively, I don’t know, perhaps.
“I believe I heard that Berrettini was a bit bit injured however not official in any respect.”