Carlos Alcaraz, the current world No. 1, trains on clay; see why

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World No. 1 The court has welcomed back Carlos Alcaraz! Carlos, who had to skip the Australian Open owing to a leg injury, is practicing on clay in preparation for his return competition in Buenos Aires in February. A youngster is holding the top spot for the 19th week in a row and will match Mats Wilander’s record of 20 on Monday. Carlos, though, might be dethroned from the ATP king by Novak Djokovic or Stefanos Tsitsipas if they win the Melbourne Cup. Alcaraz became the youngest world number one and wrote history when he won his first Major title in New York in September. The Spaniard, who missed a few events to recover his body and suffered an injury to his left abdominal wall in Paris, was unable to maintain that run for the remainder of the season. The talented young player pulled out of the ATP Finals and Davis Cup Finals and hasn’t competed since.

Prior to suffering a leg injury that prevented him from playing in Melbourne, Carlos had been putting in a lot of effort to come back to 100 percent in time for the Australian Open. Alcaraz modified his plans and missed the first Major of the season as a result. Carlos will make a comeback in February and compete on clay in the ATP 250 tournament in Buenos Aires.

In South America, the Spaniard will play on clay courts in an effort to defend his 500 ATP points and Rio de Janeiro title from the previous year. Alcaraz will be the favorite in Buenos Aires as he looks for his first victory of the year and a new beginning following a few trying months.

Carlos advanced remarkably in 2022, rising from outside the top-30 to become the best player in the world. Alcaraz claimed the crown in Rio de Janeiro to become the ATP 500 series’ youngest winner since the competition’s inception in 2009.

In February, Carlos Alcaraz will compete in Buenos Aires.

In the Indian Wells semi-final, the up-and-comer pushed Rafael Nadal to the limit but ultimately fell short after more than three hours. After Rafael Nadal and Michael Chang, Carlos went all the way two weeks later in Miami and won the Masters 1000!

At the end of April, Alcaraz triumphed in Barcelona to win back-to-back ATP 500 titles and a spot in the top-10 at the age of 18. In May, the youthful player raised a second Masters 1000 title in front of Madrid’s home crowd. In three days, he defeated Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Alexander Zverev with outstanding victories, earning his second noteworthy victory.

Carlos gained more significant points by competing in the quarterfinal at Roland Garros and giving it his all but falling to Alexander Zverev. Alcaraz entered the US Open as the world’s fourth-ranked player after a brief grass season. However, in July, he lost back-to-back ATP finals on clay. He defeated Frances Tiafoe and held off Jannik Sinner in the nail-biting quarterfinal match to reach his first Major final at the age of 19. Alcaraz defeated Casper Ruud in a match for the ATP throne and a Major championship by scores of 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, and 6-3.

The Spaniard succeeded Rafael Nadal in 2005 as the youngest Major champion and the first teenager to hold the ATP throne. Carlos advanced to the quarterfinal in Paris after losing to Felix Auger-Aliassime in the Basel semifinal. In the dying seconds of the second set, he retired due to an injury to his left abdominal wall sustained against Holger Rune.

Alcaraz withdrew from the ATP Finals and the Davis Cup Finals due to an abdominal muscle issue. Carlos put a lot of effort into his comeback with the hopes of competing at the Australian Open. He missed the first Major of the season, though, due to a leg injury.

Alcaraz is returning on the practice court in an effort to get a new start on clay in February and establish a routine before Indian Wells and Miami.