World Number One, Carlos Alcaraz Confirms His Withdrawal From Australian Open
World number one, Carlos Alcaraz has confirmed that he would not be able to participate in the forthcoming Australian Open.
Carlos Alcaraz took to social media earlier today to announce his withdrawal from the Grand Slam. In his tweet, the 19-year-old Spanish tennis star confirmed that he was forced out of the tournament after suffering a leg injury in pre-season training.
Alcaraz tweeted: “When I was at my best in pre-season I picked up an injury through a chance, unnatural movement.
“I’d worked so hard to get to my best level for Australia but unfortunately I won’t be able to play the Kooyong or the Australian Open.
“It’s tough, but I have to be optimistic, recover and look forward. See you in the 2024 Australian Open.”
After capturing his first Grand Slam at the US Open in September, Carlos Alcaraz became the youngest male world number one in history.
He attained the top spot following his triumph over Casper Ruud in the US Open final in New York four months ago.
A fellow countryman and the defending Australian Open champion, Rafael Nadal, will take Alcaraz’s place as the top seed for men at Melbourne Park.
Towards the end of 2022, Alcaraz was forced to withdraw from both the Davis Cup and the season-ending ATP Finals due to an abdominal issue.
Before the injury forced him to withdraw in January, he was scheduled to compete in the Kooyong Classic next week, just before the Australian Open got underway on January 16.