Davis Cup gets OK, but Berrettini is out

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Next week's Davis Cup Finals ties in Innsbruck will go ahead, but be played behind closed doors, following a COVID-19 national lockdown due to start on Monday.

But one player not participating in the Finals is Italy's Matteo Berrettini who has had to pull out due to injury.

Innsbruck is one of three cities hosting the event, which takes place from November 25-December 5, along with Madrid and Turin.

Australia play in Turin with group matches against Croatia and Hungary.

Innsbruck's Olympiaworld venue is hosting the Group C and Group F ties, starting with Thursday's clash between France and the Czech Republic. It will also host a quarter-final.

ITF president David Haggerty said: "I know the teams, organisers and everyone involved in the event will share our disappointment that the Davis Cup Finals event in Innsbruck will now be behind closed doors.

"We will continue to work together with our partners and ensure that we prepare for this great event while following all government guidelines."

Berrettini's Italy play in Turin facing the United States and Colombia in Group E of the 18-team tournament.

He was set to be part of a strong Italian Davis Cup team that also features Sinner, Fabio Fognini, Lorenzo Sonego and Lorenzo Musetti.

The 25-year-old was forced to pull out of the ATP Finals, also in Turin, with an abdominal injury on Tuesday and he was replaced in the season-ending tournament by compatriot Jannik Sinner.

Berrettini, Italy's top-ranked player, has now reluctantly accepted his season is over.

"This is the last thing I wanted to announce to end the best season of my career. It was a fantastic year, full of emotions, victories, painful defeats and unfortunately injuries," Berrettini wrote on Instagram on Friday.

"This last one is the reason why I cannot participate at the Davis Cup this year. It is pointless to tell you how painful and disappointing these last few days have been; of all the possible scenarios this is definitely the hardest to stomach."

Berrettini reached his first grand slam final at Wimbledon this year, where he lost to Novak Djokovic, and rose to No.7 in the world rankings.

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