The Spanish teenager had been one of the favorites to win the tournament, as he was seeded first in the draw, but unfortunately, he will not be able to compete due to an injury that bothered him also during the 2023 Rio Open final against Cameron Norrie, which he eventually lost.
Alcaraz's withdrawal is a blow to tennis fans who had been eagerly anticipating his appearance in Mexico, where his compatriot Rafael Nadal won last year. The 19-year-old had made a huge impression on the tennis world in 2022, winning the US Open and reaching the no. 1 spot in the ATP Rankings.
For Alcaraz, this setback will be a disappointment, but it is important for him to prioritize his health and take the time to recover fully as he has two important ATP 1000 events ahead - the 2023 BNP Paribas Open Indian Wells and the 2023 Miami Open, where he's the defending champion. He has a long career ahead of him, and it is crucial that he does not rush back to action before he is ready.
Already after his final match, in Rio, the Spaniard admitted that he felt the pain in the same muscle that forced him to withdraw from the 2023 Australian Open, and so he has to be very careful.
Also Cameron Norrie, who was seeded fifth in Acapulco, and played against Alcaraz in the finals in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, withdrew from the 2023 Mexican Open as he also wants to recover for the Sunshine Double.