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Carlos Alcaraz withdraws from Rome due to arm injury

The Spaniard, who has yet to claim the Masters 1000 title in the Italian capital, says he wants to be "pain-free" and has therefore pulled out of the event, due to get underway next week.

Carlos Alcaraz announced his withdrawal from the upcoming Italian Open, which begins next week in Rome.

The two-time Grand Slam champion said his non-participation owed to an ongoing arm injury that had previously ruled him out of both Monte Carlo and Barcelona.

"I felt some pain after playing in Madrid, some discomfort in my arm," he posted on social media. "Today I did some tests and I have a muscle edema in my pronator teres, a consequence of my recent injury. Unfortunately I will not be able to play in Rome. I need to rest so I can recover and play 100% pain free. I am very sorry, I will see you next year."

Despite the injury, which he picked up prior to the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo, he still played in Madrid, albeit with a protective sleeve on his arm.

However, a gruelling three-set encounter with Jan-Lennard Struff followed by a three-set loss to Andrey Rublev, where the Spaniard was in noticeable discomfort, has led to his withdrawal from Rome.

The world number three is now in a race against time to be fit for the French Open, with the main draw in Paris commencing in just 23 days time.

Alcaraz is not the only player who is suffering from injury on the ATP tour, with doubts over Daniil Medvedev and Jannik Sinner ahead of the the Italian Open, which commences next week.

Will Carlos Alcaraz play the French Open?

  • Yes, it's a Slam

  • No, it's too soon


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