World number one Carlos Alcaraz has had to cancel his participation in the Australian Open due to injury. The 19-year-old US Open winner made the announcement on Twitter on Friday. Alcaraz has suffered a muscle injury in his right leg and will therefore be absent from the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, which kicks off on January 16.
“When I was at my best preparation, I had an injury in training. This time it’s the semi-membranous muscle in my right leg,” Alcaraz wrote on Twitter, adding: “I worked hard to get my best level for Australia. (…) It’s something Difficult, but I have to be optimistic, recover and look forward.”
Alcaraz had already stopped the injury at the end of last season. After an abdominal muscle injury, he had to pass to the ATP finals of the season’s top eight professionals in Turin and the Davis Cup finals. The Spaniard has left it open as to how long the new injury will put him out of action.
The young star has achieved a great deal in the past year. On the ATP Tour, he won tournaments in Rio de Janeiro, Miami, Barcelona and Madrid, and in September he celebrated his first Grand Slam title by winning the US Open.
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