Carlos Alcaraz To End Rio Stay On Sunday And Travel To Indian Wells

Carlos Alcaraz To End Rio Stay On Sunday And Travel To Indian Wells

by Nurein Ahmed

Carlos Alcaraz's itinerary has been revealed, with the Spaniard expected to depart from Brazil and head straight to the United States.

According to MARCA, Alcaraz will travel to Indian Wells - the home of the first Masters 1000 tournament on the ATP Tour - on Sunday. He will settle there for at least five days together with his main coach, Juan Carlos Ferrero, his physical trainer, Alberto Lledó, and physiotherapist, Sergio Hernández.

Hernandez is an important pillar in Alcaraz's camp as he is tasked with reducing the swelling in Alcaraz's ankle. The 20-year-old injured his ankle while competing at the Rio Open this week and was forced to retire after just two games during his first-round match.

After undergoing an MRI scan, it emerged that Alcaraz suffered a Grade II sprain that is expected to keep him out for a few days. That is the word coming out from Alcaraz's doctors.

The two-time Grand Slam champion did not immediately travel out of Brazil and stayed within the confines of the Jockey Club Brasileiro - which is the venue of the Rio Open and took part in a training session involving his brother, where he served as a ball boy.

It is clear that from Alcaraz's movements, the ankle appears to be cooperating. Despite missing out on winning his first ATP tournament since July, Alcaraz has remained in Rio until the last day of the tournament.

Once he departs to Indian Wells on Sunday, where Alcaraz is expected to defend his title, he will stay there until Friday, March 1st, when he will be on another trip to Las Vegas to play Rafael Nadal at the Netflix Slam (scheduled for March 3rd).

The World No. 2's confirmed involvement at the exhibition has riled several tennis fans in the aftermath of his injury. For now, Alcaraz is looking to honor his commitment at the event, which is pretty much sold out despite courtside tickets costing as high as $3,000.


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