The Australian Open has lost another superstar train pass as tennis world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz was forced out of the Melbourne Major with a leg injury.
The 19-year-old Spaniard, who won his first Grand Slam title at the US Open in September, revealed he sustained a muscle injury in his right leg during pre-season training.
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“I sustained an injury from a random, unnatural movement in training,” the 19-year-old Spaniard wrote on his Twitter account.
“I’ve worked so hard to get my best level for Australia but unfortunately I can’t play either the Care A2+ Kooyong (warm-up tournament) or the Australian Open
“It’s tough, but I have to be optimistic, recover and look ahead. See you at the Australian Open in 2024.”
The superstar youngster said he picked up the injury while training.
“When I was at my best preseason, I sustained an injury from a random, unnatural movement in training,” he said.
“This time it’s the semimembranosus muscle in my right leg.”
Alcaraz rocketed to the top of the rankings last year, becoming the youngest man ever to reach No. 1 after beating Casper Ruud in the US Open final.
However, towards the end of the 2022 season, he suffered a blow when he tore an abdominal muscle, forcing him to miss the ATP Finals and Davis Cup Finals.
Alcaraz’s withdrawal means his compatriot, reigning champion Rafael Nadal, will be promoted to top seed for his title defense when the first Grand Slam of the season begins on January 16 at Melbourne Park.
Novak Djokovic will also move up into the top-four seed list, meaning long-time rivals Nadal and Djokovic won’t be able to face off at least until the semifinals.
The teenager’s absence also follows the retirements of women’s title Ash Barty, seven-time champion Serena Williams and six-time men’s champion Roger Federer last year.
Dual Open winner and former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka is also extremely doubtful as she has not played since September and has not attended any of the summer pre-season events in Australia.
The Open draw will take place at Melbourne Park on Thursday.
https://7news.com.au/sport/tennis/australian-open-rocked-by-omission-of-massive-draw-card-carlos-alcaraz-after-picking-up-an-injury-c-9379039 The Australian Open 2022 rocked the absence of Carlos Alcaraz after suffering an injury