Carlos Alcaraz: 'I would say when I realized that I’m going to...'
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Carlos Alcaraz has decided not to compete in official tournaments before the Australian Open. The world number one, who is recovering from an abdominal injury, will participate in the Kooyong Classic, an exhibition tournament, with Jannik Sinner, Taylor Fritz, Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric, Alex De Minaur and Yoshihito Nishioka.
Rafael Nadal will represent Spain in the United Cup and, as he explained in an exclusive interview with Marca, he does not plan to take to the court in the week prior to the start of the Australian Slam. Unlike the Spaniard, Ruud will play the new team competition and tournament in Auckland before traveling to Melbourne.
Instead, Stefanos Tsitsipas will follow the same path as Nadal. The wait for Novak Djokovic's much talked about return to Australia is coming to an end. Last year, the Serbian champion was forced to miss the big event that saw him triumph on nine occasions due to visa revocations and entry regulations in the country.
The one from Belgrade will play the ATP 250 tournament in Adelaide 1 and the Australian Open. A choice that he shares with Felix Auger-Aliassime and Daniil Medvedev. The Russian has not had his best season and will try to redeem himself from the resounding comeback he suffered in the last act of the first Major of 2022 against Nadal.
Andrey Rublev is entered in both Adelaide tournaments and, of course, the Australian Open. Fritz, meanwhile, will compete in the United Cup and the Kooyong Classic. Hubert Hurkacz, number 10 on the ATP, will play with Poland and then fly to Melbourne.
Several players continue their preseason, such as Rafael Nadal or Carlos Alcaraz, while others like Novak Djokovic or Nick Kyrgios, play exhibitions that allow them to add minutes of play and competitive rhythm to arrive in the best possible conditions in Australia, where the first match will be played.
Grand Slam of the year 2023.
Alcaraz wants to win his second Grand Slam title
Carlos Alcaraz relived his most precious moments of the year in a video for the ATP Tour. “It has been a dream season for me. So many titles, big titles.
First one is when I won Miami. When I won Barcelona. US Open. That’s for sure. I would say when I realized that I’m going to end as No. 1, and when I won Madrid as well,” he said. Speaking about his goals for 2023, Alcaraz revealed that he would aim for his second Grand Slam title.
“I want more. To win my second Grand Slam, I would say that’s the goal for the new year. Wimbledon would be fine for me. Yeah!” he noted.