Eurosport tennis expert Alex Corretja isn't surprised by Carlos Alcaraz experiencing injury problems late in the season as he noted that the 19-year-old had to put up an incredible effort in order to achieve what he has this year.
This year, Alcaraz enjoyed a very successful season, winning a Grand Slam and two Masters tournaments. At the US Open, Alcaraz survived several thrillers to lift his first Grand Slam title and become the youngest No 1 in tennis history.
After the US Open, Alcaraz started experiencing knee and abdominal injuries, which forced him out of the ATP Finals and Davis Cup Finals. Alcaraz has become well-known for his strong work ethic in the gym and it is pretty clear that his injury problems weren't a result of him not being prepared well.
Corretja on Alcaraz dealing with injuries
"The efforts delivered by Alcaraz were immense, too much, to a point where it was almost impossible not to get injured. What happened is. I can't say that he went straight from 0 to 10 but let’s say from 4 to 10, and it takes a huge mental and physical demand; it’s very difficult to deal with.
All this is a lesson for him, he’s learning, and he has a team around him [led by ex-world No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero] that knows exactly what it takes to be at the top. They too must learn how Carlos’ body reacts to the matches, in the media glare, with the intensity needed to be at the top and his will to keep the number one spot.
I don’t think what happened to him is surprising. It is only logical to me for him to get exhausted at the end of such a season. The most important thing is that he will finish the year world No. 1 or No. 2 and that he won a Grand Slam.
I am convinced that they will find the adequate schedule next year for Carlos to keep winning the big tournaments," Corretja told Eurosport. Alcaraz's 2022 season is over as he will now take some time to rest before kicking off his preparation for the 2023 season.