Carlos Alcaraz suffers setback, out of Basel due to two separate injuries

Alcaraz won't be making his second Basel appearance next week.

by Dzevad Mesic
Carlos Alcaraz suffers setback, out of Basel due to two separate injuries
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World No 2 Carlos Alcaraz is out of next week's Swiss Indoors Basel due to two separate injuries, the tournament just announced. Alcaraz, 20, made his Basel debut last year, when he reached the semifinal before losing to Felix Auger-Aliassime.

This year, Alcaraz was scheduled to make his second Basel appearance. Unfortunately, Alcaraz is battling an inflammation in his left foot and also dealing with issues to his gluteal muscles. Following Alcaraz's withdrawal, Stan Wawrinka moved directly into the main draw and does not require a wildcard anymore.

The wildcard originally given to Wawrinka will now be redirected to Leandro Riedi. "Injured Alcaraz has to cancel Basel. Stan Wawrinka moves up to the main draw. Alcaraz had to cancel his start at the Swiss Indoors (October 21-29) today due to an injury.

According to his doctor's bulletin, the world number two is suffering from an inflammation of the sole of his left foot and problems in his gluteal muscles. Stan Wawrinka from Vaud is now in the main draw due to a move up in the entry list.

The wildcard that has become free as a result will be awarded to the Swiss Leandro Riedi," the tournament announced.

Alcaraz's battle for the Year-End No 1 takes a hit

After the US Open, Alcaraz returned to action in Asia, where he played in Beijing and Shanghai during the Asian swing.

In Asia, Alcaraz spoke very openly about his desire to beat out Djokovic for the Year-End No 1 ranking. But Alcaraz didn't do as well as he was hoping to do in Asia as he suffered a semifinal loss in Beijing before surprisingly losing to Grigor Dimitrov in the Shanghai Masters round-of-16.

Following those two results, Alcaraz reduced Djokovic's lead to 500 points. But after an early exit in Shanghai, Alcaraz highlighted that he simply needed to do better. Now that Alcaraz is out of Basel, surpassing Djokovic is automatically becoming more difficult.

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