Carlos Alcaraz announced three days ago his forfeit at the Masters 1000 tournament in Monte-Carlo, the first major event of the season on clay. A bolt from the blue in the heart of the Spanish supporters, who learned of the absence, within a few minutes of each other, first of the idol Rafael Nadal and then of what for many is his natural heir.
If for the 22-time Grand Slam champion it is news that was partially predictable, due to his precarious physical conditions, the same cannot be said for the enfant prodige, reigning champion at the US Open, who accused, in his last match played in Miami against Jannik Sinner, post-traumatic arthritis in his left hand and spinal muscle discomfort.
The 19-year-old confessed that he needed rest, making an appointment for 2024 at the Principality tournament: “After two months abroad, I’m happy to go home but sad because I finished my last match in Miami with physical discomfort.
After visiting my doctor drlopezmartinez in Murcia today and being evaluated, I will not be able to go to Monte Carlo to start the clay tour. I have post-traumatic arthritis in my left hand and muscle discomfort in my spine that needs rest to prepare for whatever is to come.
See you in 2024 @rolexmontecarlomasters!” This is his message on Instagram written by him a few days ago. This was a test of maturity of the young Spanish star, who has already understood the importance of having to listen to one’s body.
And understand when it’s time to stop and rest. A maturity that will lead him towards new important goals.
Alcaraz prepares to return to the court after the withdrawal in Monte-Carlo
Meanwhile, Alcaraz was seen in the stands of the Challenger tournament in Murcia, his hometown, where he is spending a few relaxing days.
The number two in the world is already thinking about his return to the court, which won’t be long in coming. Proof of this is his training on the pitches, which give a precise signal to his opponents. His stop won’t be long.
Carlos is already working to get back on the field as soon as possible and in the best possible way. In all likelihood his run-up to the number one in the ranking Novak Djokovic will start again from the Conde de Godó 500 tournament, which will take place in Barcelona from Monday 18 to Sunday 24 April.
The Iberian is also the reigning champion, as well as in Madrid, a tournament belonging to the Masters 1000 category, which will be played the following week. After Monte-Carlo, Alcaraz runs towards the return, unable to afford to lose further ground.