Carlos Alcaraz withdraws from Australian Open due to injury
The World No. 1 will miss the first Grand Slam of the season after suffering an injury to his right leg
Spanish tennis star Carlos Alcaraz has withdrawn from the Australia Open after suffering an injury to his leg.
The 19-year-old took to social media to announce the devastating news, writing he “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″
The world No. 1 injured his right leg during his training after his recovery phase, and will miss the first Grand Slam of the season.
The reigning US Open champion has been unlucky with various injuries recently; he retired from the Rolex Paris Masters event last fall due to an abdominal injury. He was back on court, however, in December to play the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, where he endured two defeats to Andrey Rublev and Casper Ruud.
After an incredible run last year, Alcaraz has won a total of six ATP Tour singles titles, including the 2022 US Open and two Masters 1000 titles. With the US Open win, he became the youngest ever men’s world No. 1 at 19 years, 4 months and 6 days old, and the first teenager in the Open Era to top the men’s rankings.