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Carlos Alcaraz Injury: Mutua Madrid Open Plans Delayed Further as the Spaniard’s Title Defense Gets Trickier

Published 04/20/2024, 3:30 PM EDT

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His bad luck is still not over. Owing to his persistent injury, Carlos Alcaraz is now postponing his travel to Mutua for the Madrid Open. Why? Well, his right forearm ailment has been bothering him since his practice session at the Monte Carlo Masters. And now it has cost him another headache before his Madrid Open arrival.

Will he be able to play in the Madrid Open? That remains unknown. However, as reported by Marca, was supposed to travel to Madrid this Saturday. But that didn’t happen. For Carlos Alcaraz, the right forearm injury—which causes pain, particularly while hitting forehands—has grown to be a serious issue. The former Madrid Open champion, who is constantly under treatment because of the injury, is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the Ferrero Tennis Academy in Villena with his physiotherapist, Juanjo Moreno.

But the treatment is not enough. He has also been advised to rest more before his next tournament begins. Thus, he delayed his trip to the next day. This way, he can take more time to heal before returning to his form.

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The two-time Grand Slam champion, who hasn’t played since losing to Grigor Dimitrov in the Miami Open quarterfinals, was supposed to compete at the Monte Carlo Masters. But owing to his “right arm pronator teres injury,” he could not continue playing in the tournament. But that is not the end.

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Carlos Alcaraz further “noticed more and more discomfort” in Barcelona and decided to withdraw from that tournament. His back-to-back withdrawals have made his team quite concerned about his performance for the season. And so, they are not ready to take a single false step in Alcaraz’s attempt to return to the Madrid Open tournament.

Even his coach, Juan Carlos Ferrero, has acknowledged that Alcaraz’s physical issues are starting to cause worry. Even Paul Annacone was worried. “Yeah, it’s starting to get a little disconcerting. There’s plenty of time leading into the French Open. But just, whenever you see young players that start to get injured a lot, it just makes me worried a little bit,” he said. Carlos Alcaraz himself previously admitted the concerning situation and talked about his uncertainties regarding his upcoming tournament.

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“I don’t want to rush,” says Carlos Alcaraz about his appearance at the Barcelona Open

If Alcaraz is unable to compete in the Madrid Open, he might fall to No. 4 in the ATP Rankings. He will be behind Daniil Medvedev, Jannik Sinner, and Novak Djokovic. Alcaraz currently has 1,000 points to defend at the ATP Masters tournament. However, Alcaraz said he does not want to rush things as of now.

“I don’t want to rush; I don’t want to say that I will be 100% in Madrid, although that is my intention,” Carlos Alcaraz said previously.

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Alcaraz is one of the two players who were able to defend their Mutua Madrid Open titles. Before him, it was Rafa Nadal. In fact, Nadal has won the tournament five times. That’s the most by any male player. While Andy Murray and Alexander Zverev tried their best to do so, they failed.

Now, according to journalist German R. Abril, Alcarez will test things out to see if he will be able to defend the Mutua Madrid Open title. The first time he won the Madrid Open title was back in 2022. However, his win in 2023 made him the sixth-youngest player in the Open Era to win ten tour-level championships. But whether he will be able to achieve his third consecutive title at the match remains to be seen.

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