Amid a demanding schedule before the Australian Open, world no. 2, Carlos Alcaraz took an enjoyable diversion from the pressures of competitive tennis to a retreat in the Dominican Republic. Following the season in 2023 that presented both triumphs and challenges in the latter half of the year, the young Spaniard found solace in the company of friends and close companions.
Carlos earned a well-deserved break, swapping his tennis racquet for a tropical getaway in the Dominican Republic. The sun-drenched scenes showcased Alcaraz sporting a broad smile while enjoying a boat excursion, as captured in a shared video on social media. A pod of whales gracefully swimming near the backdrop added a touch of magic to his vacation.
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This refreshing trip comes after Alcaraz’s recent journey to Mexico, where he played in an exhibition match against Tommy Paul. The social media post also featured him posing in a group photo on his boat in front of the iconic “El Arco” in Cabo San Lucas. The escapade, joined by his brother Alvaro and close friends, provided a well-earned vacation from a grueling season that ended with an ATP Finals loss to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.
Rejuvenated by the leisure trip, Alcaraz is expected to resume training at Juan Carlos Ferrero’s academy in Alicante, Spain. However, following this refreshing break, Carlos gears up for an intense and demanding pre-season training schedule, preparing himself for the challenges of the upcoming 2024 season.
An intensive pre-season schedule for Carlos Alcaraz
After his week-long vacation, Carlos Alcaraz will spend most of his time in Spain, preparing for the upcoming season at Juan Carlos Ferrero’s academy. Immediately upon his return from the Dominican Republic, Alcaraz will embark on a rigorous training routine with double daily practices at the academy from December 8 to December 24.
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His pre-season would also include a marquee exhibition match against Novak Djokovic in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on December 27. The intense preparation will then continue with more training sessions at Juan Carlos Ferrero’s academy from December 29 to January 5. Following this, Alcaraz will shift to training at Melbourne Park facilities from January 7 to January 13 to acclimatize to the conditions of the first Grand Slam.
His pre-season would conclude with the commencement of the Australian Open on January 14. This pre-season promises to be crucial for Alcaraz, with a packed schedule and extensive preparation. It remains to be seen how this intense regimen will impact his readiness for the upcoming challenges.