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Carlos Alcaraz withdraws from Rome Masters to ‘rest and recover’ for Roland Garros

Carlos Alcaraz has opted to withdraw from the Rome Masters next week to ensure he is fit for Roland Garros.

The teenage sensation underlined his growing influence on the ATP Tour by beating Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev in back-to-back matches in the Spanish capital.

It was his fourth title of the season so far and many are not hailing him as one of the top favourites to win a maiden Grand Slam in Paris this spring.

However, with concerns over a fall in his quarter-final win over Nadal in Madrid, he has opted to play it safe and skip Rome.

“Due to the fall that I had, the ankle, I had a problem and this morning it was a little more swollen,” Carlos Alcaraz revealed after his Madrid Masters success.

“Also I had a blister in my feet which was a little bit infected and it’s been a little bit tough start to the day.

“It was difficult for me to walk but after a while with my team, with the physio, with the doctor, we have managed to fix it to do something to be able to be 100% today.

“I thought about it (playing in Rome). I think that given the state of my feet and my ankle, I’m really excited for fighting for a Grand Slam.

“I think that it’s better to rest, to recover my ankle, recover my feet, to be in Paris at 100%.”

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Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.