The newspaper Der Standard has revealed an incredible indiscretion regarding the Spanish champion Carlos Alcaraz, who would have chosen to play the ATP 500 in Basel rather than Vienna for economic reasons. "Alcaraz would have asked the tournament for a salary of $750 thousand to participate.
The tournament would not have been able to satisfy the request made and the event CEO Herwing Straka thus gave up," reports sensationally the Austrian media. The fans, upon learning the news, reported by many madia among which Tennis World Italy, immediately targeted the Murcia native player on social media, destroying him with insults.
Despite the organizers having lost the former world number one, the ATP 500 in Vienna boasts five top 10s on the starting line of the main draw. Among the great protagonists expected are the Italian Jannik Sinner, the Russian Daniil Medvedev (the two players who are already certain of being present at the Finals in Turin ed.), the German Alexander Zverev, the finalist of the ATP Master 1000 in Shanghai Andrey Rublev , who could instead achieve qualification in this event, and the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Even without Carlitos Alcaraz, a lot of entertainment awaits at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna.
Carlitos Alcaraz skips Basel
The young Spaniard will be the big absentee this week on the ATP circuit, which will be divided between Basel and Vienna.
The two ATP 500s are very important events that could determine the next qualifiers for the Nitto ATP Finals, scheduled for Sunday 12 November in Turin. The Spanish tennis player, initially included in the entry list for the Swiss tournament, had to withdraw due to a physical problem which apparently was not very serious.
"I have a plantar fascia problem in my left foot and a muscle strain in my lower back that needs treatment to be able to play the rest of the season. I hope to see you all soon," commented the Spanish champion on social media, announcing his withdrawal from the competition in which he reached the semi-final last year, where he was defeated by the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime. In fact, the 20-year-old Wimbledon winner should return regularly in the field at the Paris-Bercy Master 1000.