BREAKING: Carlos Alcaraz announces expected but crushing news ahead of French Open

After re-aggravating his forearm injury in Madrid, Alcaraz won't be ready to play Rome.

by Dzevad Mesic
BREAKING: Carlos Alcaraz announces expected but crushing news ahead of French Open
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Carlos Alcaraz has confirmed news that many feared as the two-time Grand Slam champion is forced to miss the upcoming Rome Masters due to his ongoing forearm injury.

After a forearm injury delayed the start of his clay season and forced him to miss the Monte Carlo Masters and Barcelona Open, Alcaraz managed to return at the ongoing Madrid Masters. In Madrid, Alcaraz even managed to make the quarterfinal before Andrey Rublev handed him a 4-6 6-3 6-2 loss.

But losing to Rublev wasn't the worst thing that happened to Alcaraz that day as the world No. 3 was evidently dealing with forearm pain and discomfort during the match. That sparked major concerns that Alcaraz would be forced to also skip Rome after previously missing Monte Carlo and Barcelona.

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz © Getty Images Sport - Julian Finney

"I felt pain after playing in Madrid, discomfort in my arm. Today I had some tests and I have muscle edema in the pronator teres, a consequence of my last injury. Unfortunately I won't be able to play in Rome. I need rest to recover and be able to play 100% pain-free," Alcaraz just announced on X.

No second Rome appearance for Alcaraz this year

By withdrawing from Rome, Alcaraz will have to wait for at least another year to make his second appearance at Foro Italico. After skipping in Rome, Alcaraz made his debut at the tournament last year - but it didn't really go well as he was upset by Fabian Marozsan in the third round.

After Alcaraz was able to start his clay season in Madrid, the hope was that he would also be able to play in Rome and arrive at the French Open with at least two tournaments played leading up to the event. But Alcaraz's forearm didn't hold up for the entire Madrid tournament and the Spaniard is again set to miss some time.

But the positive thing is that Alcaraz will now have three weeks to recover for the French Open as the second Grand Slam of the season starts on May 26th.

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