Alcaraz hasn’t yet announced where his 2024 season will start.
Brisbane International tournament director Cam Pearson has shared that the tournament is hoping to have Carlos Alcaraz signed up for the 2024 tournament edition. This week, the Brisbane International announced that Ben Shelton has been added to the 2024 Brisbane men’s tournament player field.
Previously, three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray and world No 8 Holger Rune also signed up to play in Brisbane. For the women’s event, the Brisbane organizers have already confirmed Aryna Sabalenka, Elena Rybakina, and Naomi Osaka.
The tournament starts on December 31st and the Brisbane organizers are hoping to see world No 2 Alcaraz start his 2024 season in their tournament. “Obviously he’s a quality player we’d love to see in Brisbane. We’ve got another week, let’s see what transpires,” Pearson told AAP.
Will Alcaraz start his season in Brisbane?
Since Alcaraz hasn’t been included in Spain’s United Cup team, it’s clear that he won’t be starting his season there. “We’re really bullish with what the draw looks like. I’m excited by what the fans will be coming to watch.
Each player has their own prep. Some like being guaranteed two matches (at the United Cup), versus a tour event where you step on court and if you don’t win you’re out. Let’s see what he (Alcaraz) wants to do,” Pearson said. At the start of the 2023 season, the tennis world was shocked when Alcaraz announced in early January that he was withdrawing from the Australian Open.
In his announcement, Alcaraz revealed that he sustained a knee injury in the offseason and that he wouldn’t be ready in time for the Australian Open. After missing the entire 2023 Australian summer, 20-year-old Alcaraz is set to return to Australia at the start of the 2024 season.
Alcaraz hasn’t yet made any announcements regarding his early plans for 2024 but he will presumably want to get some matches under his belt before going to Melbourne Park. It remains to be seen if Alcaraz decides to start his season in Brisbane.