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‘I don’t think Carlos Alcaraz’s goal right now should be…’, says expert

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With the Australian Open drawing to a close, there are three options for the tennis circuit: go to the red clay of South America, choose outdoor tournaments or return to Europe to play indoors. As for the first option, after Cordoba, two other 250 tournaments await him, namely Buenos Aires and Delray Beach. The Argentine tournament, specifically, will see the return of Carlos Alcaraz after the injury suffered in the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy: he is the first seed, who will play the first tournament of 2023 in the Argentine capital. He is followed by Cameron Norrie and, above all, Lorenzo Musetti: the Italian is the third seed in the tournament, by virtue of his best ranking in the top 20. Another Italian on the entry list for now is Fabio Fognini, but his latest injury could prevent him from traveling. In Buenos Aires one of the wild cards has been assigned to Dominic Thiem, but again there could be changes given his injury suffered in Melbourne. Being the tournament in Buenos Aires, the Argentines could not miss: there is number one, Diego Schwartzman, followed by number two, Francisco Cerúndolo. Just as in Buenos Aires the painting says Argentina, in Delray it screams United States. Among the top eight seeds are five Americans. Leading the way is Taylor Fritz, the number one seed in the draw; He is followed, in fourth place on the entry list, by Tommy Paul, a semifinalist at this year’s Australian Open. Jenson Brooksby, Reilly Opellka and John Isner also complete the entry list. Between the first and fourth seeds, non-American names in the Top 50: behind Fritz, there is the Canadian Denis Shapovalov; followed by Kecmanovic and Nishioka. The American heroes will also be in Delray, authors of an excellent career in the Australian Open: there is JJ Wolff and, above all, Ben Shelton, protagonist of a quarterfinal at Melbourne Park. In both tournaments, with the exception of Dominic Thiem, no wild cards have yet been awarded. Carlos Alacaraz suffered an injury prior to the Australian Open, so he has not played an official tournament since the last Masters 1000 in Paris.

Corretja reflects on Alcaraz

Speaking to Express Sport, former World No. 2 Corretja urged Carlos Alcaraz not to lose sleep over getting back to the top spot. “I don’t think he should be obsessed with the number one in the world,” Corretja said. “I don’t think his goal right now should be to defend that position because otherwise, it would mean something else. Not only a pressure, but also an additional weight on your shoulders that you don’t need so young, at that age.”

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