Carlos Alcaraz has said that his recovery from an abdominal injury is going well and that he expects to be fully ready for the start of the 2023 season. Alcaraz, 19, last played at the Paris Masters, where he was forced to retire his quarterfinal match to Holger Rune.
Shortly after retiring to Rune, Alcaraz announced the doctors advised him to skip the ATP Finals and Davis Cup Finals. On Wednesday, Alcaraz was handed the Year-End No 1 trophy at the ATP Finals in Turin. “It is going really well.
It is going really fast, as well. I’m really focused on recovering as soon as possible. But I could say in a week we improve a lot. I’m going to say at the beginning of the season, I’m going to be ready, I’m going to be 100 percent.
The first weeks after the injury it is really important to don’t stop. That’s what I did the week and a half that I spent, it was with a lot of exercise," Alcaraz said, as quoted on Tennis Majors.
Alcaraz taking a well-deserved rest
Following a long, successful and very demanding 2022 season, Alcaraz is now having a well-deserved rest.
“Right now I have some days off, some holidays, to disconnect a little bit, to take a rest. But after that I am focused on the pre-season, I’m focused on improving, starting Australian Open as best as I can," Alcaraz revealed.
Also, Alcaraz hinted he does not plan to play any tournaments leading up to the Australian Open. “‘I'm going to go the first days of January. I’m going to say that’s the plan. Of course, I don’t know how the injury is going to go.
But I could say I go directly to Australian Open," Alcaraz said. In 2022, Alcaraz achieved two ultimate dreams of every tennis player - to win a Grand Slam and become the world No 1. It remains to be seen if Alcaraz can start the 2023 season by winning his first Australian Open title.