Several players, including the men’s world number one Carlos Alcaraz, have been ruled out of the upcoming Australian Open.

Alcarez, 19, suffered a leg injury in pre-season training and will now miss the tournament which begins on January 16 in Melbourne.

The young Spaniard became the youngest men’s world number one in history after winning his maiden Grand Slam at the US Open in September.

“When I was at my best in the preseason, I was injured by a random and unnatural movement,” said Alcaraz.

“I worked very hard to get to my best level for Australia, but unfortunately I won’t be able to play Kooyong or the Australian Open.”

And he added: “It’s hard, but I have to be optimistic, recover and look forward. See you at the 2024 Australian Open.”

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In women’s singles, Venus Williams has also withdrawn after suffering an injury in a warm-up tournament.

The 42-year-old had been awarded a wild card to the Grand Slam but has now been replaced by Australian world number 173 Kimberly Birrell.

Also, two-time Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka withdrew on Sunday just over a week before it starts.

“Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the Australian Open. We will miss her at AO2023,” the tournament said on Twitter. No reason was given for the Japanese star’s withdrawal.

Emma Raducanu may also not compete at the Australian Open after spraining her ankle at the ASB Classic on Thursday.

There are also questions about the fitness of women’s world number one Iga Swiatek after she withdrew from the Adelaide International 2 WTA 500 next week.

Swiatek, 21, of Poland, has a problem with her right shoulder.

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