Carlos Alcaraz - Australian Open 2022

Carlos Alcaraz reveals injury that caused Acapulco withdrawal

Carlos Alcaraz has had to withdraw from the ATP 500 tournament in Acapulco, leaving fans worried about his participation at the fast approaching sunshine double.

Alcaraz had heavy strapping around his right leg in his defeat to Cameron Norrie in the Rio Open final, and the Spaniard has now revealed the extent of this injury.

In a post on social media, the US Open champion revealed he has a minor hamstring injury, “Unfortunately I won’t be able to play in Acapulco.”

“I have a grade one strain in my right hamstring that will keep me out for several days, according to the tests we did this morning.”

“I’m really sad I can’t compete here, but now it’s time to think about recovering and being ready as soon as possible. I hope to see you all soon!”

Alcaraz had only recently returned to action, after suffering a leg injury prior to the Australian Open and after the Rio final described the pain he was feeling as similar.

“I felt pain in the same muscle where I had the injury last month,” said the Spaniard.

He continued, “It’s hard. I have tried to play at my best level despite that setback. When you’re injured, that affects your game, because when you’re not well you have to do something different and risk more than necessary. I tried to be more aggressive and finish the points faster, but against an opponent like Norrie, who is very tough, it’s difficult to win.”

However, Alcaraz’s social media statement seems to suggest that he should be fit to play in the sunshine double where he has lots of points to defend from last year’s Indian Wells semi-final and Miami Open title.

Before this he is scheduled to play in ‘The Slam’ on the 5th March, which is an an exhibition event in Las Vegas where he will face the winner of a clash between Americans Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe.

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.