Carlos Alcaraz has ended his 2022 season early after retiring injured at the Paris Masters. The world No 1 forfeited his quarter-final match to Holger Rune on Friday and has since undergone medical evaluation, announcing that he has torn his oblique muscle. It means the US Open champion will be unable to compete at the ATP Finals or the Davis Cup Finals, bringing his breakout year to a close.
Alcaraz announced that he will be ending his 2022 season early on Saturday after retiring injured to Rune in his Paris Masters quarter-final while losing 6-3 6-6. The 19-year-old took a medical time-out for an abdominal injury at 6-5 and continued to play but was forced to end the match minutes later with the world No 18 leading 3-1 in the tiebreak.
The world No 1 has now undergone medical evaluation and announced that he tore his muscle, bringing his remarkable breakout season to an end. “After being evaluated by my medical team, @drlopezmartinez and @JuanjoMoreno_M, unfortunately this is the result of my injury: muscle tear in the internal oblique musculature of the left lateral abdominal wall with an estimated recovery time of six weeks,” he wrote on social media.
“Unfortunately I won’t be able to be in the ATP Finals or the Davis Cup Finals. It is a hard and painful moment to miss these two important events for me, but it only remains to be positive and think about recovering well. Thanks for the support!”
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The 19-year-old’s hopes of ending the year as No 1 are now in doubt following his withdrawal from the ATP Finals. He can still be overtaken before the season is over and will be unable to try and win up to 1,500 extra ranking points at the season-ending championships.
Alcaraz was also set to lead Spain at the Davis Cup Finals in Malaga later this month but captain Sergi Bruguera will need to find a replacement, with Nadal unavailable as he embarks on an exhibition tour in South America. Pablo Carreno Busta, Roberto Bautista Agut, Marcel Granollers and Albert Ramos Vinolas are already part of the squad, meaning 23-year-old Alejandro Davidovich Fokina could get a call-up in the world No 1’s place.