MATTEO Berrettini let out a blood-curdling scream after twisting his ankle at the US Open.
The luckless Italian star was forced to leave the court in a wheelchair after suffering the horror injury.
Matteo Berrettini twisted his ankle horribly
The Italian was left writhing in pain
Berrettini, 27, cradled his head in his hands as he was wheeled off court
Berrettini, 27, had been taking on Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech on Court 5 when the awful incident occurred.
Having taken the first set 6-4, Berrettini trailed his opponent 5-3 in the second.
At 40-40 the former Wimbledon finalist looked to chase down a ball on his backhand wing.
His right ankle caught on the surface, however, twisting at a horrible angle.
Berrettini immediately writhed in agony on the ground, with the umpire quickly looking to call a doctor.
The former world No6 repeatedly said “oh no” before letting out a guttural scream at the top of his lungs.
He was forced to retire from the match, later being seen cradling his head in his hands as he was taken off court in a wheelchair.
Fans tried their best to offer words of support, saying: “We love you Matteo.”
Berrettini has been plagued by injuries in recent seasons.
Last year he was forced to undergo surgery on his right hand after Miami, ruling him out of Roland Garros.
He returned in time for the grass court season, winning titles in Stuttgart and at Queen’s.
The in-form star was forced to miss Wimbledon, however, after testing positive for Covid on the eve of the tournament.
He was subsequently forced out of the majority of this year’s clay court swing, including Roland Garros once again, due to a torn muscle in his stomach.
Ahead of the US Open he had fallen to No36 in the ATP rankings.
But he performed well in the first round, beating Ugo Humbert 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.
Fans were left devastated by his latest injury woe.
One tweeted: “So awful & sad to see for him.”
While a second wrote: “That’s unfortunate.”
A third commented: “Sad sight.”
And another added: “Life is brutal sometimes, hope he comes back stronger..”
Berrettini has been looking in good form at the US OpenCredit: Reuters