For the second consecutive year, the Australian Open has been turned on its head.
Carlos Alcaraz’s withdrawal from the first major of the year may not be totally unsurprising given his injury struggles since winning the US Open, but it remains significant given his tenuous hold on the world No.1 ranking.
While he broke through for his first grand slam at the age of just 19, Alcaraz has not been beyond the third round in his two main draw appearances in Melbourne.
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The rapid improvement Alcaraz has showed thus far in his career indicates he would’ve gone much deeper than the third round in this year’s event, which would’ve resulted in more ranking points and a greater chance…