Alcaraz Addresses Ankle Concerns Ahead Of Indian Wells Title Defense

Alcaraz Addresses Ankle Concerns Ahead Of Indian Wells Title Defense

by Zachary Wimer

Carlos Alcaraz suffered a really bad ankle injury not too long ago in Rio, and he addressed the state of his ankle ahead of his return to Indian Wells.

The Spaniard loves to play at the first ATP Masters 1000 event of the season. His first time around, he made it to the semi-final, but he lost to Rafael Nadal. His second time at the event was last year when he won by beating Daniil Medvedev in the final.

This time around, he returns to the event after an injury, but he has clear ambitions. He wants to defend his trophy, and while he recognizes it's going to be difficult, he's pretty certain he can get it done, even with some of the health concerns.

"I'm coming here to defend the title. It’s difficult… There are the best tennis players in the world, some of them are playing great tennis this year. I know it’s going to be really difficult, but I'm here to do it. I'm here to try to defend the title. I've been feeling well in practice."

There is one big cloud looming over that prospect, and it's the state of his ankle. He injured it rather badly recently at the Rio Open but declared himself fit shortly after that.

The match against Rafael Nadal at the Netflix Slam was a pretty decent one, and it didn't look like the ankle was bothering him that much.

He's not really thinking about it, though, as the title defense is all that he thinks about.

"Probably some people are thinking about my ankle. Let's see if I'm going to stay 100 per cent or not, but I'm feeling better as well. So let's see how the tournament is going to go. But I'm here to defend and I’m not I'm not thinking about anything else but that."


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