Carlos Alcaraz's 2022 was nothing short of extraordinary. The young talent from Murcia has won 500 and Masters 1000 titles, but he definitively established himself in New York, where he won his first Grand Slam title, beating Casper Ruud in the final.
Thanks to this success, Alcaraz became the youngest No. 1 in history and the 28th No. 1 in the world in the history of the ATP men's tennis ranking. Alcaraz's growth is evident to all and, month after month, the young Iberian athlete reaches new records.
This week, Alcaraz became the 21st tennis player to reach at least nine weeks at the top of the ATP tour, following records exclusively since 1973. With this record, Carlos Alcaraz has joined the Russian tennis player Marat Safin and has placed himself three weeks behind the German tennis legend Boris Becker, who has 12.
The future of the season and his history no longer depends on him, but of the results of Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas. In fact, Alcaraz has suffered an injury and for this reason he will be out for a month and a half, missing the entire final part of the season, including the ATP and Davis Cup finals.
This is the post of the Spanish phenomenon: "After my retirement in France and after being evaluated by my medical team, Dr. Juanjo López and Juanjo Moreno, unfortunately I have learned the extent of my injury: an internal oblique tear of the left abdominal wall," the world number one announced with great regret.
He went on to stress: "The estimated recovery time is six weeks. Unfortunately, I will not participate in the ATP Finals or the Davis Cup. It is hard and painful for me to miss these two events, which are so important. The only thing I can do is be positive and focus on my recovery.
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Alcaraz is injured
Carlos Alcaraz was left mentally and physically drained by an exhausting campaign that saw him win the US Open and become world No 1, according to Alex Corretja. “I am convinced that in 2023, it will be dealt with differently, and I still think that the way they [his coaching team] dealt with him was still excellent.
We’ve got to remember that what Alcaraz has done is almost a miracle because fighting for what he actually fights for at the age of 19, no one had ever done it before”. Alcaraz competed in 19 tournaments last year, but he only played 49 singles matches in total.
He has only featured in 17 events this year, but his overall match tally is 70 (57-13 win-loss record). “The efforts delivered by Alcaraz were immense, too much, to a point where it was almost impossible not to get injured,” Corretja said.