Picture Credit: X

Picture Credit: X

Former World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz took to social media to confirm his withdrawal from the Italian Open 2024, set to be played May 8 to 19. The 20-year-old announced his decision after he continues to recover from an arm injury, he confirmed in a social media post on Friday, May 3.

The arm injury not only forced World No. 3 to sideline himself in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, he recently saw his 14-match winning streak come to an end in Madrid with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 defeat against Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals. T aking to X in captioned the post, “I felt pain after playing in Madrid, discomfort in my arm. Today I had some tests and I have muscle edema in the pronator teres, a consequence of my last injury. Unfortunately I won’t be able to play in Rome. I need rest to rest to recover and be able to play 100% pain-free.”

The two-time Grand slam champion, who previously won 24 matches on the Spanish clay-court events, looked worn out and announced his decision to withdraw from the upcoming ATP 1000 event, seeing the French Open 2024 ahead which will begin on May 20. 

However, the 20-year-old defended his Indian Wells title in March and on his Miami Open campaign, he injured his right forearm during a practice session in Monaco. 

Andrey Rublev to face Felix Auger-Aliassime in Madrid Open finale

After a win over Carlos Alcaraz, Andrey Rublev advanced to the final of the Madrid event with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Taylor Fritz. The Russian is now into his third ATP Masters 1000 final since the start of 2023, after Carlos Alcaraz and Daniil Medvedev. 

The Russian and the Canadian will face off in the grand finale of the Madrid Open 2024 on Sunday, May 5 at the Manolo Santana Stadium at 8:00 pm IST.