Alcaraz Reportedly Set To Miss Australian Open Warm-Up Tournaments In 2024

Alcaraz Reportedly Set To Miss Australian Open Warm-Up Tournaments In 2024

by Nurein Ahmed

Carlos Alcaraz has a sketch of his schedule for next season in which he reportedly won't play any ATP warm-up events before the Australian Open.

According to Spanish outlet MARCA, Alcaraz will prioritize a longer preseason schedule, which will begin on December 8th. Before then, Alcaraz will play his final tournament of the current campaign at the ATP Finals in Turin where he is one of three players who have punched their tickets for the season-ending showpiece event in Italy.

The ATP Finals will kick off on November 12th and run till the 19th, after which the 20-year-old will go on holiday. But he is unlikely to enjoy an uninterrupted vacation. Alcaraz is scheduled to play an exhibition match in Mexico City against Tommy Paul, on November 29th.

He'll get an extra week of rest upon his return to Spain after that match before commencing preparations for the 2024 season in the second week of December at the Ferrero Tennis Academy. The two-time Grand Slam champion will put in the hard yards in the presence of trainer Alberto Lledo, the physiotherapist Juanjo Moreno, and longtime coach Juan Carlos Ferrero.

After four weeks of intense training, Alcaraz will fly to Australia. And as MARCA has learned, the emphasis and priority from the Spaniard's camp is to try and keep his body in top shape at the start of a brand new season. Hence, Alcaraz won't play at any of the ATP tune-up tournaments scheduled in the first two weeks of 2024.

Additionally, he won't commit to playing in the United Cup - a mixed-gender tournament that debuted this year. However, Alcaraz intends to play an exhibition event before the Australian Open, presumably the Kooyong Classic which acts as a prelude to the year's first major and is staged in Melbourne.

This is a calculated move by Alcaraz and his team considering that he missed this year's Australian Open due to injury. So his emphasis was to keep himself fit and raring to go for next year's tournament which definitely will rank among his season's objectives in 2024.


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