Tennis: Nadal and Djokovic’s absence and Alacaraz’s doubt mark Indian Wells

Tennis returns to the Californian desert this week. Indian Wells Tournamentfirst Masters 1000 season and which comes marked absence from spanish Rafael Nadal and Serbian Novak Djokovicexcept for physical doubts Carlos Alcaraz.

Considered as “Fifth Grand Slam” Because of its importance in the calendar Indian Wells 1st round it will start Wednesday, March 8 in the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in the Valley coachella in California, USA and finals will be played on Sunday 19.

Three-time champion of the tournament, officially referred to as BNP Paribas Open and last year’s finalist Nadal will not be in Indian Wells and neither in Miami Masters because he is still recovering from left iliopsoas injury what was done during Australian Open in January.

will not participate in Indian Wells Djokovicwho is still unable to enter the United States for Not vaccinated against coronavirus.

The only option for a Serb, number one in the worldi was going to get exclusion of authorities Americans, but in the end this assumption did not happen and announced his retirement from Indian Wells on Sunday.

spectators Indian Wellswhich has the second largest tennis stadium in the world, second only to US OpenThey carry haven’t seen Djokovic since 2019before the pandemic.

Without a Serb in competition in the USA Alcarazwho got into Indian Wells semi-finals in 2022 against Nadal in a fierce duel between the Spaniards, options to regain first place in this tournament in which he begins as the first seed.

However, the Murcian arrives in Indian Wells after hamstring injury who suffered in End of Rio de Janeiro and it made him miss Mexican Open Tennis Championship in Acapulco to arrive in the best conditions for two American masters.

Alcarazwho will participate in the competition directly in second round in front of an American Brandon Holt or a player from previous tours, he has a lot of points to defend in March because, in addition to being a semi-finalist at Indian Wells last year, he was hailed Miami Champion.}

Russian Daniil Medvedevvery strong start to the year, Greek Stefanos TsitsipasNorwegian Casper Ruud and American Taylor Fritz (reigning Indian Wells champions) are also starting as standout names in the men’s bracket.

Referring to women’s competition2021 title in Indian Wells noted before and after in career Paula Badosa, who is not going through the best moment now, but will try to restore sensations in one of his favorite tournaments. The Spanish tennis player lost in the semi-finals of Indian Wells in 2022 against the Greek. Maria Sakkari.

In this edition of the California tournament badosa participation as the number 21 seed and, having not played the first match, will make his debut in the second round against his compatriot Nuria Parrizas or Italian Elisabetta Coccaretto.

The reigning Indian Wells champion and the great dominant of the women’s competitions, polka. Iga Swiatek Figure like favorite in Indian Wells although he will have an important rival in the Belarusian Arina Sobolenkowhich has prevailed in recent Australian Open.

(According to information from EFE)

Source: Aristegui Noticias