Carlos Alcaraz wrapped up the previous season as the youngest year-end no. 1 player, becoming the first teenager to accomplish that. Carlos claimed his first Major title at the US Open in September and conquered the ATP throne.
The Spaniard experienced an injury at the Paris Masters, skipping the ATP Finals and the Davis Cup Finals and not playing since. Carlos had been working hard to get back at 100% ahead of the Australian Open before experiencing a leg injury that sidelined him from Melbourne.
Thus, Alcaraz will miss the season's opening Major, and he could miss world no. 1 spot to Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Casper Ruud. Carlos will compete again in a month, entering the ATP 250 event in Buenos Aires on clay.
The Spaniard will embrace a clay-court swing in South America, hoping to defend his Rio de Janeiro title and 500 ATP points. Alcaraz will be the favorite in Buenos Aires, seeking his first title of the season and a fresh start after a couple of challenging months.
Carlos made incredible progress in 2022, starting from outside the top-30 and finishing at the top. Alcaraz won the title in Rio de Janeiro and became the youngest ATP 500 champion since the series began in 2009.
Carlos Alcaraz will compete in Buenos Aires for the first time.
The young gun pushed Rafael Nadal to the limits in the Indian Wells semi-final and lost after over three hours.
Carlos went all the way two weeks later in Miami and became the third-youngest Masters 1000 champion after Michael Chang and Rafael Nadal! Alcaraz conquered Barcelona at the end of April for back-to-back ATP 500 titles and a place in the top-10 at 18.
Not stopping there, the youngster lifted another Masters 1000 trophy in front of the home fans in Madrid in May after impressive wins over Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev. Carlos added more valuable points with the Roland Garros quarter-final, giving his everything but losing to Alexander Zverev.
After a short grass campaign, Alcaraz lost back-to-back ATP finals on clay in July and came to the US Open as world no. 4. He saved a match point in the quarter-final thriller against Jannik Sinner and overpowered Frances Tiafoe to advance to his first Major final at 19.
Alcaraz fought for the ATP throne and a Major title against Casper Ruud and beat the Norwegian 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 to write history books. Thus, the Spaniard became the first teenager on the ATP throne! Carlos lost to Felix Auger-Aliassime in the Basel semi-final and reached the quarter-final in Paris.
He injured his left abdominal wall against his coeval Holger Rune and retired in the second set's closing stages. Alcaraz revealed an abdominal muscle injury and withdrew from the ATP Finals and the Davis Cup Finals. Carlos worked hard on his comeback, hoping to compete at the Australian Open. However, the Spaniard experienced a leg injury that sidelined him from the season's first Major.