Carlos Alcaraz has assured that his recovery from an abdominal injury is on the right track and that he hopes 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 in his quarterfinal match against Holger Rune.
Shortly after retiring to Rune, Alcaraz announced that doctors advised him to skip the ATP Finals and the Davis Cup Finals. On Wednesday, Alcaraz received the No. 1 of the Year trophy at the ATP Finals in Turin. "It's going very well.
It's also going very fast. I'm very focused on recovering as soon as possible. But I could say that in a week we've improved a lot. I'm going to say that at the beginning of the season I'm going to be ready, I'm going to be 100%.
The first weeks after the injury it is very important not to stop. That's what I did the week and a half that I spent, it was with a lot of exercise," Alcaraz said, quoted by Tennis Majors. After a long, successful and very demanding 2022 season, Alcaraz is taking a well-deserved break.
"Right now I have a few days off, a vacation, to disconnect a bit, to rest. But then I'm focused on the preseason, I'm focused on improving, on starting the Australian Open in the best possible way," revealed Alcaraz.
In addition, Alcaraz hinted that he does not plan to play any tournament before 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'm going straight to the Australian Open," Alcaraz said. In 2022, Alcaraz achieved two top 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.
winning his first Australian Open title.
Courier speaks about Alcaraz
Former American tennis player Jim Courier recently reflected on Carlos Alcaraz ending the year as the youngest World No. 1 in the ATP rankings. "I wouldn't say there is a huge difference between No.
1 and No. 4 as far as they are having a target, everyone in that class of a rankings is gonna have a target on the back of every match they play is a chance for someone to make a name for themselves if they haven't already," he said.
"You have to be ready for someone to bring out their best everytime. But on the footsite you're also carrying the confidence of all the matches you have won, that got you there and you know if you hold the line of play and play sort of normal tennis then someone has to do a bit of something special to beat you, but this happens," he stated.