Carlos Alcaraz worries fans: his physical condition leaves doubts

The Spaniard is trying to recover from his forearm injury; his presence at the Roland Garros is not certain

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Carlos Alcaraz worries fans: his physical condition leaves doubts
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After the defeat against Grigor Dimitrov in Miami, the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz only played in the Madrid tournament, suffering an injury against Andrey Rublev in the quarter-finals. Pain that led him to skip Rome to try to recover in time for the Roland Garros. According to media reports in Spain, Alcaraz began the week at the Country Club of Murcia where he began the next phase of his rehabilitation. The 21-year-old is working on his forehand in particular, gradually increasing the intensity of his shot. The progress seems promising, but only time will provide the necessary answers. His coach Juan Carlos Ferrero is also monitoring the situation, ready to give him confidence as the days go by.

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz© Clive Brunskill / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

In fact, Alcaraz still seems hesitant when he hits the forehand and the fear of having to stop again is great. According to the program established by the team, Carlitos should travel to Paris on May 22nd and test his conditions. But with what prospects? A physically and mentally tough tournament like the Roland Garros could currently be too much of an effort for his physically challenged body. It is clear that the last few days will be crucial to understand whether Alcaraz will be able to play in Paris and, if he should, in what physical condition he will play the French Slam.

Not just Carlitos. Rafael Nadal will also do his utmost to be in Paris, the tournament in which he made history by recording the incredible record of 14 successes. It is a moment of the season in which doubts surrounding the strongest players on the circuit are perhaps stealing the show from the events preceding the Roland Garros. In order of ranking, Novak Djokovic has only played two tournaments on clay without ever shining from both a tennis and motivational point of view.

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz© Clive Brunskill / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

The Serbian champion showed up in Monte Carlo keeping a low profile and reached the semi-final expressing a level that did not live up to expectations. In Rome, not even the result could console him, because he was eliminated in the third round by Alejandro Tabilo. Hip problems instead forced Jannik Sinner not to take the field in the match valid for access to the semi-finals of the Mutua Madrid Open and to miss - with a very painful decision - the Internazionali BNL d'Italia. And obviously with them, Carlos Alcaraz also can't find peace with his forearm injury.

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