Carlos Alcaraz gives a bad update to fans: he risks missing another big event

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Not just Barcelona: his arm injury seems more serious than expected and could force Carlos Alcaraz to also have to give up the Mutua Madrid Masters.

And it would be a hard blow for the young Spaniard, who – after Barcelona – would also lose the points earned last year from the victory in Madrid.

With a press conference without questions called in Barcelona, Carlitos expressed doubts and rather negative feelings.

"As you all know I won't be able to play here in Barcelona, but I wanted to come and explain it here in person in my own words. This is a club that I love very much, I have spent most of my life here, so I would like to tell you about my current situation.

It all started in Monte Carlo in the first training session. After an hour I felt quite significant discomfort in my forearm, something I thought wouldn't be a big deal, but together with my team we treated it as best we could, doing the necessary tests to see what I had.

The idea was to play in the Principality but in the end I couldn't. I returned home to see if with recovery, patience and rest days I would be able to get to Barcelona in the best possible way. On Saturday morning I did a test, from which some quite positive images came out, something that gave me hope of being able to play this tournament.

For us the litmus test was Sunday. It was the first day I hit a forehand after Monte Carlo… and it wasn't what we expected. Again I noticed the same thing, every time I increased the intensity on the right I saw that the discomfort increased more and more.

It was a difficult choice, this tournament is very important for me, very special. Making the decision not to play was very complicated for both me and my family, as well as for my team.

The images we have are positive but my feelings are not good. This is what we have right now. Now I will put all my concentration into recovering, as I will have a little more margin.

My goal is to go to the Mutua Madrid Open but at the moment it is not at all clear to me if I will make it. They told me some deadlines, which I respected well, but I still haven't had that feeling we were looking for.

I don't want to rush, I don't want to say that in Madrid I will be 100%, even if that is my intention. We will train, we will do everything in our power to make those sensations better and right to play a tennis match 100%.

I hope I can have fun with the Madrid crowd and play at home, this would be very important for me. I hope to see you all there and enjoy all the love for Madrid too. I hope everything goes well," he explained.

Carlos Alcaraz

Carlos Alcaraz© Julian Finney / Staff Getty Images Sport

 

Is the clay season compromised for Carlitos?

The Spanish tennis player is not having a positive period of the season due to an injury to his right forearm which prevented him from competing in Monte Carlo and in the Spanish city this week.

The fans are very worried and now, as announced by the 20-year-old from Murcia himself, it is the ATP Master 1000 in Madrid that is at great risk.
By skipping Barcelona and, possibly, Madrid, Carlos would lose 1500 points, deriving from the victories in 2023.

A drama, from a ranking point of view. But what worries him would be the rest of the clay season. Alcaraz would still have Romae the Roland Garros available, but everything will depend on the condition of his arm and, in general, on his physical condition.

In general, until Wimbledon Alcaraz will have to defend many points and the injury came at the worst time for him, also because it followed an important triumph like that of Indian Wells, which seemed to have raised the young Spaniard's prices, who he hadn't won a title since Wimbledon 2023.



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