Carlos Alcaraz has suffered a dangerous loss forward of the primary Grand Slam of 2024 after dropping his coach Juan Carlos Ferrero for the Australian Open.
Alcaraz is being put by his paces in a five-week pre-season program – which started on December 8 – to make sure he’s in the perfect situation attainable for the Melbourne event in January.
However he’s going to have to complete his preparations with out Ferrero, who won’t be able to journey Down Underneath after it was confirmed he requires arthroscopic surgical procedure on his left knee.
MARCA understands that the previous tennis participant will probably be changed by Samuel Lopez for the two-week occasion, as Ferrero will want crutches after the operation.
After a protracted interval on crutches, his first event with the 20-year-old is predicted to be at Indian Wells, the Masters 1000 occasion in america, which begins on March 6. Regardless of going below the knife, is not going to miss any of his participant’s coaching classes.
Samuel Lopez will stand in for Ferrero
The 2-time Main winner has been coached by Ferrero since 2019 when he started his skilled profession on the age of 16, and there’s no query dropping his trusted mentor will come as a blow.
However there isn’t any query Alcaraz is in good arms with Lopez, who’s the coach of fellow Spanish participant Pablo Carreno Busta and an skilled coach.
The Spaniard has already labored with Alcaraz, having joined the world quantity two for Queen’s earlier this 12 months, which ended with a title for the El Palmar native.
Alcaraz faces a giant check
Three days earlier than the beginning of starting of the brand new 12 months, Carlitos will face Rafael Nadal in an exhibition in Las Vegas broadcast on Netflix.
Alcaraz will journey along with his agent Alberto Molina to the exhibition on December 27 in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) after which Lopez will accompany him as coach on the Australian Open.
Antonio Martinez Cascales will probably be with Alcaraz within the South American tour in February, with tournaments in Buenos Aires between February 12-18 and Rio de Janeiro from February 19-25.