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The 2023 Australian Open was a fantastic event with plenty of top-level tennis. But as great as the tournament was, you may recall that the world number one, Carlos Alcaraz, was missing. He was replaced as the top seed by his fellow Spaniard, Rafael Nadal, who didn’t fare too well during the tournament either. Alcaraz was forced to withdraw from the first slam of the year due to a freak leg injury that was sustained during practice. And Nadal went on to suffer an injury in his second-round defeat in Melbourne – not a great time for Spanish tennis.
However, now that a few weeks have passed since the conclusion of that event, I figured it was time to reassess the state of play with Carlos Alcaraz. Of course, he is the most exciting prospect on tour at the moment, as reflected in his previous status as world number one as well as his Grand Slam title in New York last year. So to see such a promising young player missing out on an important part of the season is a great shame.
Naturally, this prompts the question of when Alcaraz is planning to make a return to the tour in terms of his injury and when he will be ready to compete again. Fortunately, I’ve done a bit of digging and I’ve come up with the answers right here.
Alcaraz Set to Return in Buenos Aires – February 13th Start Date
That’s right – it should be less than a week until we see Carlos Alcaraz back on the court. I for one am super excited to watch this young man in action once again, especially on the clay courts of Buenos Aires. Alcaraz has been sharing posts on social media showing that he has made a return to the practice court and that the leg doesn’t seem to be causing any more problems.
Furthermore, he is a bit of a demon on clay, despite the fact that his best results have come on hard courts over the last 12 months. And let’s not forget, he has now lost the number one ranking to Novak Djokovic following the Serb’s victory in Melbourne. So I’m sure he will be eager to get back on top with some promising results in South America.
On that note, let me quickly share the provisional schedule for Alcaraz according to his team for the upcoming weeks:
The ‘Golden Swing’ – Alcaraz’s Tentative Schedule
Currently, it seems that Carlos Alcaraz is set to compete in a couple of clay court events over the next few weeks. As you’ve already read, he is set to make his return to competitive tennis for the Buenos Aires clay court event. This is a 250-level tournament, and it should be a nice ‘welcome back’ week for Alcaraz. After that, the Spaniard is set to try and defend his title at the Rio Open, which is a 250-level event.
And finally, assuming the leg holds up well and that there are no further injuries, he should wrap up February by playing in Acapulco, Mexico – another 500-level event played on hard courts.