Carlos Alcaraz Withdraws Last Minute from Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell due to Injury: What’s Next for the Rising Star?

Carlos Alcaraz drops out at the last minute in the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell having not overcome the discomfort he suffers in his right forearm (injury to the pronator teres) and which already forced him to withdraw from the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 last Tuesday.

The Murcian, champion of the last two editions of the tournament, tested this Sunday at the Murcia Tennis Club facilities, before leaving for Barcelona, and has not passed the test. “He has not had a good feeling,” read the official statement from Godó regarding the resignation of the first favorite. Carlitos will also travel to Barcelona to fulfill a series of commitments with the 500 category contest..

In practice, the first since Thursday in which he forced the forehand, Juanjo López, his trusted doctor, was presentin addition to the rest of the team: Juan Carlos Ferrero (coach), Juanjo López (physiotherapist) and Alberto Lledó (physical trainer).

Fabian Marozsan takes Alcaraz’s place in the draw and a ‘lucky loser’ will enter Marozsan’s position. The world number three now has two weeks before his next event, the Mutua Madrid Open (April 24 to May 5), where he also defends the crown (1,000 points).

His absence in Barcelona costs him losing 500 points for the 2023 title that he will not be able to revalidate. It is the third tournament of the course in which I cannot participate after Rio de Janeiro (he suffered a sprain in the debut), Monte Carlo and Godó.

Again without coinciding with Nadal

Rafael Nadal and Alcaraz were going to meet on a circuit draw for the first time since the Paris-Bercy TMS, in 2022. Their names were in the draw yesterday and they could have even crossed paths in the semifinals, but in the end they will not both be together in the earth classic. Juan Carlos Ferrero’s pupil wants to go with lead feet to arrive in the best possible conditions at Roland Garros (May 26 to June 9).

The Alcaraz calendar

Mutua Madrid Open (April 24 to May 5)

Rome (May 8 to 19)

Roland Garros (May 26 to June 9)

Queen’s (June 17-23)

Wimbledon (July 1-14)

Paris Olympic Games (July 27 to August 4)

Toronto (August 6-12)

Cincinnati (18 to 24 August)

US Open (August 26 to September 8)

Davis Cup group stage (September 10 to 15)

Laver Cup (September 20 to 22)

Shanghai (October 2-13)

Six Kings Slam (17 al 20 octubre)

Paris-Bercy (October 28 to November 3)

*ATP Finals in Turin (November 10 to 17)

*Davis Cup final phase (November 19 to 24)

*If classified

To Alcaraz, who turns 21 on May 5, physical problems are haunting him in a particularly demanding course with the presence of the Paris Games on the calendar, just after Wimbledon, and before the American hard court tour. Until the end of the season, has to attend a total of 14 tournaments, which could be 16 in case Spain qualifies for the Davis Cup finals and achieves a ticket for the Turin masters event.

2024-04-14 10:22:41
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