Matteo Berrettini won on his debut at the Australian Open and dedicated the win… to a drug
The Australian Open is already underway and the first round of the Grand Slam It already left some pearls. The most curious occurred in the triumph of Matteo Berrettini, in his debut against Brandon Nakashima. The Italian defeated the American in four sets and by winning the victory he left a curious dedication: to a drug against Stomach problems that forced him to take three emergency bathroom breaks.
Berrettini, number 7 in the world ranking, had a hard time making his debut in the first Grand Slam of the year against the young Japanese nationalized American. He didn’t have his best tennis. The truth is that during the match there were moments in which something suggested that Things were not going well for the 25-year-old Roman. Apparently it wasn’t just his rival he had to play against.
After winning the match in four sets 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) and 6-3 in three hours and 10 minutes, the winner he took a funny way of revealing what was wrong with him. When leaving the court, he was in charge of expressing it and signed on the camera lens what he needed after the game: “Imodium! Thank you!” (Imodium! Thanks!). The dedication went directly to a drug containing loperamide, a drug effective against diarrhoea.
Berrettini did not have a good time during the game and it was shown. The Italian requested medical assistance three times. First it was in the second set, in which a professional entered to review it. He then took a bathroom break after the third set and the last one was during a substitution early in the fourth.
The truth is that the Italian got the victory and is already in the second round. In this instance you will have to face another American: Stefan Kozlov will be his next opponent. The 23-year-old defeated Czech Jiry Vesely in three sets in the first round and will face Berrettini who may no longer have to deal with stomach problems.