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Carlos Alcaraz of Spain holds the championship trophy after defeating Casper Ruud of Norway to win the US Open Tennis Championship Men's Singles Final Sunday, September 11, 2022 in New York City.  (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Photo AP/Charles Krupa

Carlos Alcaraz, the world’s number one tennis player, announced on Saturday that he suffered a muscle injury in his left abdomen, which will require around six weeks of recovery.

As a result, he will not compete in the 2022 ATP Finals, scheduled to begin on November 13.

Carlos Alcaraz @carlosalcaraz

Unfortunately I won’t make it to the ATP Finals or the Davis Cup Finals. It is difficult and painful for me to miss these two events, which are so important to me, but all I can do is be positive and focus on my recovery. Thank you for your help! 😘

Taylor Fritz goes to replace Alcaraz at the ATP Finals. Fritz is ranked 9th.

Alcaraz won his first two matches at the Paris Masters in straight sets. In the quarterfinals on Friday, he lost the first set to Holger Rune and went into a tiebreak in the second. Losing 3-1, he retired.

The 19-year-old said after the match that he was unable to stretch or hit his serve or forehand well.

This marks a disappointing end to an impressive 2022 season. Alcaraz went 57-13, winning the US Open and advancing to the French Open quarterfinals.

The Spanish star did not specify whether his injury jeopardized his status for the Australian Open. The first Grand Slam starts on January 16th. While this is well outside the six-week window for his recovery, the layoff could get in the way of his preparations.

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