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No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz (leg) withdraws from Australian Open

Apr 3, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) hits a backhand against Casper Ruud (NOR)(not pictured) in the men's singles final in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

World No. 1 and reigning U.S. Open champion Carlos Alcaraz said a leg injury will keep him from competing in the upcoming Australian Open.

The 19-year-old Spaniard posted the news to social media on Friday. He also pulled out of a scheduled tune-up event.

“I’d worked so hard to get to my best level for Australia but unfortunately I won’t be able to play the Care A2+ Kooyong or the Australian Open,” he posted. “It’s tough, but I have to be optimistic, recover and look forward. See you in 2024 @AustralianOpen.”

Alcaraz blamed the injury on a “chance, unnatural movement in training.” He said the semimembranosus muscle — the largest hamstring muscle — of his right leg is impacted.

Alcaraz has six career tour titles — five of them coming in 2022. In addition to the U.S. Open, he won ATP Masters 1000 events in Madrid and Miami, as well as clay-court tournaments in Barcelona and Rio de Janeiro.

His countryman and boyhood idol, Rafael Nadal, is ranked No. 2 in the world. He is the defending champion at the Australian Open.

The Australian Open draw is scheduled for Thursday, with the Grand Slam event set for Jan. 16-29 in Melbourne.

–Field Level Media