Carlos Alcaraz Hopes To Be 100% Healthy For Madrid Masters

by Staff | April 24th, 2024, 10:43 am
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After missing his first two European clay stops, Carlos Alcaraz says he will give it a go at the biggest event in his home country, the Madrid Masters.

Alcaraz, who is seeded second at the event, is a 2-time defending champion, but this year comes in with an injury concern. The 20-year-old missed Monte Carlo and Barcelona due to a right forearm issue.

Speaking the Madrid press, Alcaraz admitted the injury hasn’t gone away.

“There are still a few days until my first match and today I practiced with more intensity,” Alcaraz told the Madrid website. “Things have gone well and I’m feeling good. I don’t want to say I’m 100% playing because I don’t want to make assumptions. Right now, with my mentality, I’d be happy to play three or four matches here.

He added to the ATP site, “For me it’s really important to be at 100 per cent here in this tournament,” he said. “Playing here is so special. It’s the tournament where a lot of family can come to watch my matches, a lot of friends as well, and for me it’s really special to play in front of my home crowd as well.

“I would love to play at 100% just to give them the opportunity to enjoy my tennis and give myself the chance to get a good result here. Obviously, it would be great to play a final against Rafa, but it is a long path.”

Alcaraz is trying to become the first player to win three straight Madrid titles. He is expected to take the court on Friday against the winner Arthur Rinderknech and Alexander Shevchenko.

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