The young Spanish tennis star Carlos Alcaraz ended the season by losing to Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the ATP Finals in Turin. Alcaraz, who had a season filled with successes, including winning two Grand Slam titles, will now focus on physical and mental recovery to face new challenges in 2024.
According to Punto de Break, after a season marked by unexpected defeats, Alcaraz's priorities are now to rest and reset, in order to arrive in Melbourne in the best conditions. "The first thing to note is that Carlitos' plans do not include playing any tournaments before the Australian Grand Slam.
As in 2021 and 2022, the only years he competed in Melbourne, he will open the season with this tournament, regardless of the possibility of coming in weak competitive rhythm", this portal writes.
Two interesting exhibition matches for Alcaraz
Alcaraz's team confirmed that they will start training on December 8 and will continue until the 24th of the same month, during two very intense weeks at the Juan Carlos Ferrer Tennis Academy.
Before the start of the training block, Carlos will travel to Mexico this Wednesday, November 29, for an exhibition match with Tommy Polo, and from there he will go to the Dominican Republic for a vacation with friends. Alcaraz will return to Spain a few days before the start of the scheduled preparations, he will spend the Christmas holidays with his family, and the world number 2 will fly to Saudi Arabia on December 27.
An exhibition match with Novak Djokovic awaits him there, and after that he will prepare for Melbourne in Spain. He will arrive in Australia between January 5 and 7, a week before the start of the tournament, long enough to acclimatize to the summer conditions, so that on January 14 he will successfully complete his performance at the first Grand Slam of the season.
Alcaraz's compatriot and legend of this sport, Rafael Nadal, will probably participate in the upcoming Australian Open. That will make this popular tournament an extra spectacle.