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No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz out of the Australian Open with a leg injury

Top Carlos Alcaraz pulled out Australian Open on Friday due to a right leg injury.

19 year old boy from Spain. posted on social media that he was injured “due to random, unnatural movement in training”.

This year’s first Grand Slam will begin on January 16 at Melbourne Park. The draw will take place next Thursday.

Alcaraz wins the US Open last September and topped the ATP rankings. This allowed him to become the youngest person to finish a season in first place since computerized men’s tennis rankings appeared half a century ago.

His rise from No. 32 at the end of 2021 was also the biggest jump in a single season to No. 1.

However, this is his second major setback in recent months. Alcaraz interrupted last season in November after tearing his abdominal muscle while competing at the Paris Masters. This forced him to withdraw from the ATP Finals and Davis Cup Finals.

However, he ended 2022 with a 57-13 record and five singles titles.

“I have worked so hard to reach my best level in Australia but unfortunately I won’t be able to play” at the Koyong tuning event or the first Grand Slam this year. Alcaraz wrote on Twitter.

“It’s hard, but I have to be optimistic, recover and look ahead,” he said.

With the departure of Alcaraz, number two Rafael Nadal – the reigning Australian champion and holder of a record 22 men’s Grand Slam titles – will rise to the top spot in the hard-surface tournament seedings.

The Spaniards became the first players from the same country to take the top two spots in the ATP at the end of the season since Americans Pete Sampras and Michael Chang in 1996.

Alcaraz’ departure also removes a potential hurdle for Novak Djokovic as he returns to Australia and attempts to win it for the 10th time to claim what will be his 22nd major championship overall. Djokovic missed the 2022 Australian Open after being deported from the country because he had not been vaccinated against COVID-19. He still hasn’t been vaccinated, but the restrictions have eased.

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