World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz withdrew from the Australian Open on Friday, citing a leg harm he suffered in coaching. Last yr, the 19-year-old from Spain grew to become the youngest participant to ever end a season ranked No. 1 on the earth because the introduction of the computerized males’s tennis rankings.
In an announcement posted to Twitter, Alcaraz shared that he injured the hamstring in his proper leg as the results of an unnatural motion whereas coaching. It marks Alcaraz’s second harm up to now a number of months since successful the US Open, as he beforehand tore an belly muscle whereas competing within the Paris Masters.
“I’d labored so laborious to get to my finest degree for Australia however sadly I will not be capable of play the Care A2+ Kooyong or the Australian Open,” Alcaraz wrote. “It’s powerful, however I’ve to be optimistic, get better and look ahead.”
Alcaraz had a outstanding 2022, as he vaulted from the No. 32-ranked participant on the earth all the way in which to No. 1 after posting a document of 57-13 with 5 singles titles, together with the US Open. Alcaraz’s rise by means of the ATP rankings marked the most important ever single-season soar to No. 1 total.
With Alcaraz’s withdrawal from the Australian Open, fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal will assume the highest of the ATP rankings. At the top of 2022, Alcaraz and Nadal had grow to be the primary gamers from the identical nation to complete within the high two rankings spots on the finish of a season since Pete Sampras and Michael Chang did so for the United States in 1996.