Matteo Berrettini a French Open doubt after he undergoes hand surgery

Italian struck down by injury on eve of clay court season.

World number six Matteo Berrettini has undergone what he has described as 'minor surgery' on his hand following his withdrawal from Miami.

The Italian reached the Wimbledon final last year and had made a decent start to his 2022 season by reaching the Australian Open semi-finals.

However, he has not looked quite himself since then, and has a modest 9-6 record so far this season.

"My team and I have been speaking to medical experts since my withdrawal from Miami with a right hand injury," Berrettini wrote on Instagram.

"Following multiple scans and assessments we decided a minor operation was the best solution to ensure a full and quick recovery.

"Earlier today I had the operation and I'm happy to report it went extremely well.

"My doctor and team are already discussing plans for me to get back on court.

"I will provide an update as soon as this plan is finalised. Thanks very much as always for all the support."

No timeline has been offered for his return date, but he will hope to be ready to compete at the French Open at the end of May.

However, he has tended to do better on grass where his biggest two shots - the serve and forehand - pack a much bigger punch, so being fit to defend his Queens title may be his main goal.

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