Coach Juan Carlos Ferrero has offered a scary verdict on Carlos Alcaraz's potential as he suggested that the 18-year-old is just scratching the surface. 18-year-old Alcaraz is already a Masters champion and on the verge of breaking into the top-10 as he is enjoying a career-high ranking of No.
11 in the world. Ferrero, the 2003 French Open champion, also worked with Tokyo Olympics champion Alexander Zverev in the past. However, this is different as Zverev had already been established player when he started working with Ferrero.
"It was something different from what I was used to, it's not the same to coach an Alexander Zverev who was already world number three. I think with Carlos there was almost everything to do, he was a very young boy with a lot of potential but very messy and I think we improved in that aspect.
I think now Carlos' level is at 60% of his maximum level," Ferrero told Teledeporte, per We Love Tennis.
Alcaraz aims a Grand Slam title
Alcaraz is having a stunning start to the year as his first title of the year came in February, when he won the Rio Open.
In March, Alcaraz made his maiden Masters semifinal in Indian Wells before losing to Rafael Nadal. Two weeks later, Alcaraz went to Miami and won his maiden Masters title after beating Casper Ruud in the final. After winning Miami, Alcaraz said he feels physically and mentally ready to win a Grand Slam.
Greg Rusedski, a former British No. 1, has named Alcaraz as one of top favorites for the French Open title. “He’s just that good. He’s a phenom. He is ridiculously good," Rusedski said of Alcaraz. “He won Miami and only lost this week to an inspired Seb Korda where he still had his chances. I’m putting him in the conversation for the Roland Garros title because he is special”.