Double Injury Blow Forces Carlos Alcaraz Out of Basel Tournament: Suffering a Setback


Double Injury Blow Forces Carlos Alcaraz Out of Basel Tournament: Suffering a Setback

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Carlos Alcaraz, ranked World No. 2, has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming Swiss Indoors Basel due to two separate injuries, the tournament has confirmed. The 20-year-old Spaniard had an impressive debut in Basel last year, reaching the semifinals before losing to Felix Auger-Aliassime.

This year was supposed to mark Alcaraz’s second appearance at the tournament, but he is currently grappling with an inflammation in his left foot and issues with his gluteal muscles. In light of Alcaraz’s withdrawal, Stan Wawrinka has been elevated directly into the main draw, rendering his wildcard unnecessary.

The wildcard initially intended for Wawrinka will now be allocated to Leandro Riedi. The tournament’s official statement reads: “Injured Alcaraz has regrettably canceled his participation in Basel. Stan Wawrinka will now compete in the main draw. Alcaraz’s withdrawal from the Swiss Indoors, scheduled from October 21 to 29, is a consequence of his injury.

As per his medical report, the world’s second-ranked player is struggling with inflammation in the sole of his left foot and complications in his gluteal muscles. Stan Wawrinka, hailing from Vaud, has secured a place in the main draw due to the reshuffling of the entry list.

The wildcard that became available as a result will be presented to Swiss player Leandro Riedi,” as announced by the tournament organizers.

Carlos Alcaraz’s Quest for Year-End No. 1 Ranking Faces Setback

After competing in the US Open, Carlos Alcaraz ventured to Asia for the Asian swing, participating in events in Beijing and Shanghai. During his time in Asia, Alcaraz openly expressed his ambition to surpass Djokovic and secure the Year-End No. 1 ranking. Unfortunately, his performance in Asia fell short of his expectations, with a semifinal loss in Beijing and an unexpected defeat to Grigor Dimitrov in the Shanghai Masters round-of-16.

These results reduced Djokovic’s lead to 500 points. Following his early exit in Shanghai, Alcaraz acknowledged the need for better results. With his withdrawal from Basel, the path to overtaking Djokovic in the rankings has become even more challenging.


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