The Italian Davis Cup team will be without Matteo Berrettini, who has withdrew from the tournament.
The world number sixteen, who will be a finalist at Wimbledon in 2021, hasn’t played in almost a month due to an injury sustained in that tournament’s final.
The doctors have told me I still can’t compete at my peak level because of the foot injury I sustained in Naples, he stated.
“It’s devastating news since there’s no higher honor than representing [Italy]. In spite of this, I want to go to Malaga with the squad and provide whatever help I can.”
Berrettini, who has been dogged by injuries and illnesses all season (he missed Wimbledon because of a poorly timed diagnosis of COVID-19), joins countryman Jannik Sinner on the sidelines.
The 21-year-old also pulled out two weeks ago due to an injury.
“In Paris, I cut my finger. Regrettably, I have not yet fully healed, thus I will be missing from our team’s next contests “He said on Twitter and Facebook.
The Italians’ quarterfinal match versus the Americans will take place on a hard court indoors.
The squad captains are the 20-year-old Lorenzo Musetti and the veteran Fabio Fognini.