Carlos Alcaraz hasn’t played an official match since the Paris-Bercy 2022 Masters 1000, when he was forced to retire against Holger Rune due to an abdominal tear. That injury had turned out to be more serious than expected and the Spaniard had to miss both the ATP Finals in Turin and the Davis Cup finals in Malaga.
‘Carlitos’ 2023 did not start auspiciously, as a leg injury prevented him from playing the Australian Open. As if that weren’t enough, the 19-year-old Iberian lost the first position of the ATP ranking in favor of Novak Djokovic (who triumphed for the tenth time at Melbourne Park).
The Murciano’s season will begin on the red clay of Buenos Aires, where he will meet Laslo Djere in the second round. It will not be easy for Juan Carlos Ferrero’s pupil to confirm himself after the repeated exploits of last year, in which he managed to win a Grand Slam (the US Open) and two Masters 1000 (Miami and Madrid).
Prakash Amritraj on Alcaraz
Former tennis player Prakash Amritraj stated that he is thrilled to see Carlos Alcaraz back in action. “Guy looks in exceptional shape and look he’s not going to come back unless he’s a 100%.
His game is the type of game that’s a really physical game so he knows he can put himself in injuries’ way if he’s not 100%,” he said. “So love to see him back out there. He’s been spending a lot of time with the kids out there to.
Signing a bunch of autographs and look it’s just such a great thing to have him back,” he added. Ahead of his return to action at the Argentina Open after a four-month layoff, Alcaraz said that, like the Big 3, he wants to keep improving in all aspects and not stagnate.
“The best in history, like Rafa, Roger and Novak, have never stagnated and have been improving over time. I hope to take those small leaps and improve my tennis, physically and mentally,” he said, as per Marca. “The courage with which I play.
I’m not afraid, it doesn’t matter who’s in front of me. That has been basic to achieve what I’ve already achieved. I’ve always taken it naturally to face the best. That ambition has made me be who I am right now,” he added. “I don’t want to move from home.
I take fame as something natural. I lead a normal life although it is true that I am a little more recognized than before. I am very close to people and I like it because I see how they encourage me and what is behind from me,” The Spaniard said.
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