Tough blow for tennis, the Australian Open and especially Carlos Alcaraz who today withdrew from the first Grand Slam of the tennis season.
Alcaraz missed the end of 2022 with an ab tear but did return for an exo appearance a few weeks ago. However, he has now sustained a new injury to his right leg.
“When I was at my best in preseason, I picked up an injury through a chance, unnatural movement in training. This time it’s the semimembranosus muscle in my right leg,” the world No. 1 posted on social media.
“I’d worked so hard to get to my best level for Australia but unfortunately I won’t be able to play the Care A2+ Kooyong or the Australian Open. It’s tough, but I have to be optimistic, recover and look forward. See you in 2024 @AustralianOpen.”
Alcaraz was not the tournament favorite but certainly after his US Open triumph would have been a big factor in Melbourne.
Now we won’t see him in best-of-5 action until the French Open. For a kid so young, he does have injury issues but that can be worked out through fitness. Such a talent, let’s hope that’s the case.
The withdrawal makes Novak Djokovic the clear pick to win the Australian Open and match Rafael Nadal at 22. Alcaraz made the third round in Melbourne last year losing to Matteo Berrettini in a thriller.
Nadal will now be the top seed, but we missed a chance to see Djokovic, Nadal and Alcaraz all as Slam winners in the draw.
When I was at my best in preseason, I picked up an injury through a chance, unnatural movement in training. This time it's the semimembranosus muscle in my right leg. pic.twitter.com/nJbIlMtGyK
— Carlos Alcaraz (@carlosalcaraz) January 6, 2023
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Wog Boy Says:
This is pretty fishy?
He is looking more and more like his idol when it comes to “injuries “, and too often, starting with 2021 USO midmatch withdrawal, just 15 months ago.
January 7th, 2023 at 12:45 am