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Berrettini and Paul named as alternates for Laver Cup 2022

Matteo Berrettini and Tommy Paul

US Open quarterfinalist Matteo Berrettini will represent Team Europe and fast-rising American Tommy Paul joins Team World for the fifth edition of the Laver Cup at The O2 from September 23-25.

Berrettini is currently ranked No.15 and has had another exceptional season, despite sustaining an injury to his right hand that required surgery, which prevented the Italian from competing on the clay court swing.

He quickly found form on grass building a 12-match winning streak and winning back-to-back titles at Stuttgart and Queen’s, but was forced to withdraw from Wimbledon after testing positive for COVID-19.

Undeterred, Berrettini made up for his misfortune and reached the finals at Gstaad and quarterfinals at the US Open. The Italian represented Team Europe for the first time in Boston, overcoming Felix Auger-Aliassime in the longest match recorded in Laver Cup history, lasting two hours and 52 minutes.

It will mark the first time for Paul on Captain John McEnroe’s Team World.

The 25-year-old is touted as one of America’s biggest hopes and achieved a career-high No.29 ranking in September, posting wins this season over No.3 Alexander Zverev at Indian Wells and No.4 Carlos Alcaraz in the second round of the Montreal Masters.

In his main draw debut, a fourth-round run at Wimbledon was also a major highlight. Paul won his first ATP Tour title in 2021 at Stockholm, defeating junior rivals and Team World teammates Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe. Paul can now add his Laver Cup experience to a career-defining year.

Alternates are available to compete in place of one of their teammates if they are injured or withdraw. They are integral members of their teams and participate in all appearances and preparations.

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