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Great news – Carlos Alcaraz will compete in the Rolex Paris Masters 2023. It’s been touch and go with the Spaniard in recent weeks, given his struggles with injuries. And understandably, tennis fans feared the worst when he withdrew from the ATP 500 event in Basel. In case you missed the story, Alcaraz withdrew from this event due to an injury in his left foot, combined with ‘muscle fatigue’ in his back. Of course, this withdrawal made tennis fans concerned about his participation in two huge events to close out the 2023 season.
Specifically, I am referring to the 2023 Rolex Paris Masters and the ATP Finals. If you’ve yet to put these prestigious tournaments on your calendar, the Rolex Paris Masters begins on October 30th and concludes on November 5th. As for the ATP Finals in Turin, these will start on November 12th and conclude on November 19th. Therefore, these tournaments are right around the corner.
Additionally, given their importance for Carlos Alcaraz concerning his chase to end the year as number one, if he was to miss one of them, this would have a huge impact on his objectives for the end of the 2023 season. So, of course, news of his participation in Paris and Turin is very exciting and relieving at the same time!
Let me give you the full scoop on this story now.
Carlos Alcaraz and the 2023 Rolex Paris Masters
If you’ve tuned in for the Basel Open schedule this week or prior to the start of the tournament, you won’t have seen Carlos Alcaraz’s name. He withdrew right before the tournament, leaving the draw wide open for others to take their shot at the title. And because the reason for his withdrawal came down to two different injuries, obvious concerns emerged surrounding the 2023 Rolex Paris Masters. This tournament is set to begin in just a few day’s time, and as the final Masters 1000 event of the 2023 season, it’s huge for a number of reasons.
Since Carlos Alcaraz has now confirmed that he is playing, however, this tournament looks set to be an absolute thriller. He joins other guys like Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Jannik Sinner, Holger Rune, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev, and many others as a confirmed entrant in the men’s singles draw. Yet due to his ranking, Carlos Alcaraz will be the number 2 seed in the draw, leaving Djokovic on top as the number 1 seed and world number one.
ATP Finals 2023 – Alcaraz sets sights on this event too
The news surrounding Alcaraz’s confirmed attendance at the 2023 Rolex Paris Masters is the main focus today, as you’ve no doubt gathered. But there is something else to take note of regarding his recent social media post. In the social media announcement, which came through late on Wednesday, October 25th, Alcaraz stated that he will be playing in both Paris and Turn – as he is ‘feeling better every day’. The post was accompanied by a split photo of Alcaraz receiving treatment on his left foot next to a photo of the Spaniard about to hit a serve in practice.
Reading between the lines, this would suggest that he is happy with the recovery of his injury and that he is hitting the practice court in preparation for these tournaments. Then again, Carlos Alcaraz has suffered a few ‘freak injuries’ both on the practice court and in high-level tournaments, so we can only hope that he avoids such injuries over the coming weeks.
Assuming he does, we should be treated to a highly entertaining end to the 2023 season, which brings me to the final point today.
The chase for year-end number-one ranking
This is a story that seems to chop and change on a weekly basis on the ATP Tour. Of course, there are two guys who top the standings by quite a margin right now, and these guys are Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz. Both are confirmed for the 2023 Rolex Paris Masters, and both have qualified for the ATP Finals in Turin. So naturally, this means that they can both accumulate ATP points over the coming weeks, which can ultimately influence the rankings and determine who finishes the year ranked world number one.
This is a serious achievement for any player, no matter how often they are able to do it. And concerning the race to finish the season ranked number 1, Djokovic has 2,000+ points more than Alcaraz right now in the overall rankings. Yet he has just 500 more concerning the qualifying points for Turin, which guarantees that the 2023 season should finish with a bang, whatever happens in these upcoming tournaments!
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