The ATP world number one Carlos Alcaraz is making a comeback and he can't wait to forge ahead to make up for the time spent after the injury. Carlos simply has to leave behind a very negative and unfortunate period in the ATP Tour: two major injuries did not allow the young Spanish tennis player to fully play the Paris-Bercy Master 1000 and the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin at the end of the season 2022, as well as the Australian Open at the start of the new year.
The 19-year-old thus spent some time off to try to recover the best condition and, following a problem remedied while he was preparing for the Grand Slam appointment, he officially returned to the field on Friday 20 January to train.
The Iberian communicated the great event to all his fans through a video posted on social media, commenting: "Back on the pitch and back on clay. Vamos!" the current number one was thus loaded.
Alcaraz restarts from Argentina
The first tournament that Carlos Alcaraz will play in 2023 will be on clay.
In fact, fans will see the athlete trained by coach Juan Carlos Ferrero again at the ATP 250 in Buenos Aires, after the injury to the semimembranosus muscle in his right leg which prevented him from being a protagonist at the Australian Open.
It is not yet certain that Alcaraz will keep the top of the world ranking at the end of the prestigious Grand Slam appointment: in fact, both Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas would conquer the leadership in the standings if they were to be able to bring home the coveted trophy.
Carlos will now be able to observe the situation only as a spectator, waiting to return to the court too. The 19-year-old, champion of the last edition of the US Open, had started 2022 just outside the top 30, but his year ended with a first in the rankings that had the world talking.
In addition to the success at Flashing Meadows, the Iberian tennis player also managed to conquer the Masters 1000 in Madrid and Miami, as well as the ATP 500 in Barcelona, but ended the season prematurely due to an abdominal muscle injury and retired from the ATP Finals in Turin and from the Davis Cup finals.
No player his age had ever positioned himself so high. A record of precocity that saw him precede his idol Rafael Nadal, going straight into the history books. To date, Juan Carlos Ferrero's pupil has been in command for 18 weeks, thus detaching Daniil Medvedev stopped at 16 and -2 from a legend of the sport, the former player, now TV commentator Mats Wilander.