Hard stick for the 2023 Australian Open. The first Grand Slam of the season will not have the stellar presence of the Spanish tennis player Carlos Alcaraz, who was injured in his training sessions and was the player himself who confirmed his absence through his Twitter account.
“When I was in my best moment of the preseason, I injured myself in a fortuitous and forced gesture while training, this time in the semimembranosus muscle of my right leg. I had worked a lot to reach my best level in Australia”, wrote Alcaraz.
“Unfortunately I won't be able to play either the Care A2+ Kooyong or the Australian Open. It is a hard moment, but I have to be optimistic, recover and look ahead. See you in 2024”, added the message from the Murcian.
In spite of his 19 years of age, the Murcian is seeing very affected by the injuries. Already towards the end of 2022, an injury prevented him from playing the last events, including the Masters tournament, and now he is starting a new course with a problem that will keep him away from less during the first month of competition.
Alcaraz did not specify at the moment how long it would take him to return to activity. It should be noted that Carlitos defended the third round points that he agreed to in the previous season, so it was a good opportunity to climb the ATP ranking.
Without the current world number one in the draw, the panorama opens a bit for other favorites who came to the contest even with more options to win the title such as the Serbian Novak Djokovic or the Russian Daniil Medvedev.
Daniil Medvedev reflects on Alcaraz
During the press conference, Daniil Medvedev was asked about World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz's absence from the 2023 Australian Open. "It's a pity. I'm not exactly sure what he has, if it's a little bit the consequence of a previous injury or just a new one.
I'm not his team, so I have no idea. It's a pity. He's one of the best players in the world. We played once (Wimbledon 2021), but he was not at the same level. We might not even count it," the Russian stated. "I would be happy to play him.
Feeling in my best form. Yeah, the way he played at 18 years old, he could be a little bit kind of Rafa, Novak, Roger kind of guy. But he still has 19 slams to win, so it's a pity that he doesn't play the next Slam. Would be fun to watch. I'm sure he's going to come back stronger," he said.