Boris Becker identifies reason behind Carlos Alcaraz's fitness issues throughout 2023

Alcaraz struggled with injuries throughout 2023 but Becker thinks there is nothing to worry about.

by Dzevad Mesic
Boris Becker identifies reason behind Carlos Alcaraz's fitness issues throughout 2023
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Boris Becker suggests Carlos Alcaraz may have struggled with motivation at times and that impacted his training sessions, which led to the Spaniard experiencing fitness and injury issues throughout 2023. After missing the 2023 Australian Open due to a right leg injury, Alcaraz again contracted a leg injury in late February and he skipped the Monte Carlo Masters in April due to a hand injury and muscle soreness in his back. Also, Alcaraz experienced full-body cramps during his French Open semifinal against Novak Djokovic and also battled leg and back injuries in late 2023. 

“When motivation weakens, the body also suffers. If you skip one or two training sessions. That’s what happened to me. It’s happened to every successful 20-year-old," Becker said on Eurosport's “Das Gelbe vom Ball” podcast.

Becker: Alcaraz's team will properly address this 

Becker believes Alcaraz is surrounded by the right people and he is certain that the Spaniard's coaching staff led by Juan Carlos Ferrero will make the right moves to fix the issue. 

“I am convinced, with Carlos Ferrero at his side, that Carlos is going into the winter break highly motivated and is looking forward to Melbourne and the new season. We’ll have to see what happens. I saw him live in Turin [at the ATP Finals], also in training. He was physically fit. I’m convinced that the two of them will come up with the right solution. Nobody likes to be injured. The question is, what are you missing: will you get back to training sessions where you can strengthen your back or thighs? But Juan Carlos and Carlos know exactly how to do that," Becker said.

For the start of the 2024 season, Alcaraz doesn't plan on playing any tournaments leading up to the Australian Open. Recently, it was revealed that Alcaraz will travel to Australia without coach Ferrero. It remains to be seen if this approach will help Alcaraz stay fully fit ahead of the Australian Open and do well at Melbourne Park.

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