Carlos Alcaraz withdraws from Monte-Carlo Masters with arm injury

Concerns grew for the Spaniard after he was seen practising with a heavily bandaged arm on Sunday. Alcaraz has now confirmed that he’ll miss Monte-Carlo

Carlos Alcaraz, Monte-Carlo, 2024 Carlos Alcaraz out of Monte-Carlo 2024 with injury Antoine Couvercelle / Panoramic

Carlos Alcaraz has withdrawn from the 2024 Monte-Carlo Masters with a right-arm injury.

Concerns over the Spaniard’s physical condition emerged over the past couple of days after he was seen with his lower right arm heavily bandaged during a practise session on the courts of the Monte-Carlo Country Club on Sunday.

Those worries have now been confirmed, as Alcaraz announced his withdrawal from the first clay-court Masters event of the season via social media on Tuesday.

“I have been working in Monte-Carlo and trying to recover until the last minute from an injured pronator teres in my right arm, but it was not possible and I cannot play,” he said.

“I was really looking forward to playing.”

Alcaraz was due to play Felix Auger-Aliassime on Wednesday, but he has now been replaced in the draw by lucky loser Lorenzo Sonego.

The injury is a significant setback to the Spaniard’s clay-court season, and it denies him the chance to accumulate free points at an event he missed last year, ahead of attempting to defend the points he earned last season in Barcelona and Madrid.

This is now the second year in a row that Alcaraz has missed Monte-Carlo through injury, having suffered a disappointing first-round exit at the hands of Sebastian Korda in 2022.

Neither Alcaraz nor his team have revealed any information regarding the severity of the injury, so a timeframe for his return is not yet known.

However, all being well, this is a precautionary measure to ensure that the world No 3 does not exacerbate the issue ahead of a crucial period in the season.

Should he be fit enough, Alcaraz will now turn his attention to defending his titles in Barcelona and at the Madrid Open, where he is a two-time defending champion at both.

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