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He’s got a serious issue: Serious concern over Carlos Alcaraz’s crowded scheduling after injury recurrence at…



Carlos Alcaraz fell short in his title defense at the 2023 Rio Open, where he was looking to equal World No. 1 Novak Djokovic’s ranking points.

Alcaraz faced Cameron Norrie in their second final within a week after the Argentina Open. Having won on the first occasion, he ended up on the losing side this time around as Norrie pulled off a comeback 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 victory from the brink of defeat.

An aspect that stood out from their marathon clash was the leg discomfort that Carlos Alcaraz seemed to feel midway through the match. This was an issue he struggled with throughout the tournament.
Renowned sports journalist Steve Flink touched upon the incident and voiced his objection to Alcaraz’s jam-packed scheduling. The World No. 2’s hectic schedule saw him contest back-to-back finals in the first two weeks since returning from injury.

“We could tell (he) has got an issue there, a serious issue – trying to play through it,” Flink said on the ‘Court-Side with Beilinson Tennis’ podcast. “Let’s just hope that Carlos is wise about his schedule for the next month.”

Carlos Alcaraz and his team were previously called out for his over-crowded commitments in 2022. This saw him struggle after the US Open and eventually pull out of various events due to injury. Alcaraz missed the Davis Cup finals, the Paris Masters, the ATP Finals and, most recently, the 2023 Australian Open.

Flink was of the opinion that, this time around, the World No. 2 should avoid making a “dangerous move” of competing in yet another ATP 500 in Acapulco. The tournament is scheduled for this week (February 27 to March 4).

“I certainly hope he wouldn’t try to make this – three straight weeks and go on to Acapulco. That could be a dangerous move. I strongly suspect he will not make that mistake,” Flink remarked.
The journalist put forward the dangers in a long-term scenario if the 19-year-old, with a physical style of play, was to overwork his body at such a young age.

“It isn’t even just a matter of Carlos thinking about this near-term, he has got to really pace himself through the years,” he said.“He’s had a lot of woes, you might say; A lot of issues with his body and he’s clearly a very fit, young man, but he’s gotta pace himself. And we want to see him around this game into his 30s like the three icons of this generation.“That will only happen if he gets wise counsel and if he’s willing at certain times to say ‘No. I am putting my racquet down for a few weeks, I’m going to save myself.’”

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