The tennis player from Murcia Carlos Alcaraz, number 1 in the world, has announced on social networks that he will not contest theAustralian Open due to an injury to the semimembranous muscle of the right leg.
“When I was at my best in the pre-season, I injured myself in a fortuitous and forced gesture while training, this time in the semimembranous muscle of my right leg. I had worked very hard to reach my best level in Australia”, said Alcaraz on Twitter, who confirmed his withdrawal for the first Grand Slam of the season.
“Unfortunately I won’t be able to play either the Care A2+Kooyong or the Australian Open. It’s a tough time, but I have to be optimistic, pick myself up and look forward. See you (in Australia) in 2024,” added the world number one.
Alcaraz played the last matches in Mubadala’s exhibition tournament and faced the preparation for the beginning of the season.
The Murcian, who ended 2022 with five titles, including the US Open, his first Grand Slam, was scheduled to participate for the third time at Melbourne Park, stage of the Australian Open. In the first edition that he played, after disputing the preliminary phase, he fell in the second round against the Swede Mikael Ymer.
Last year, he lost in the third round against the Italian Matteo Berrettini.