Carlos Alcaraz, schedule change ahead of Australian Open

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Carlos Alcaraz will not be able to count on Juan Carlos Ferrero's help in Australia

Carlos Alcaraz’s 2024 season has yet to begin but the Murcian tennis player è is already grappling with an unforeseen event that will affect his entire trip to Australia: Juan Carlos Ferrero, coach of the young Iberian champion, has in fact undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and will not be able to fly to the other hemisphere for the first events of the new year.

According to reports from 'Marca', Alcaraz and Ferrero have, however, devised a plan together with Samuel Lopez, Pablo Carre&ntilde'o Busta’s coach, to ensure that the current world No. 2 can train with peace of mind ahead of the first Grand Slam tournament, the Australian Open scheduled for the second half of January.

Alcaraz arrives at 2024 on the strength of a season of the highest level, with successes, in chronological order, in Buenos Aires (ATP 250), Indian Wells (Masters 1000), Barcelona (ATP 500), Madrid (Masters 1000), Queen's (ATP 500) and especially Wimbledon (Slam). A few too many physical problems and a general decline in physical condition led him però not to win any more tournaments from July onward.

In his career, Alcaraz has played the Australian Open twice: in 2021 è he was eliminated in the second round by Sweden’s Mikael Ymer, in 2022 he è instead stopped in the third round, losing in five sets to Matteo Berrettini. In 2023, however, he did not participate, preferring to recover from an injury that had affected him in the latter part of the 2022 season.

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