'Carlos Alcaraz has a lot of charisma', says former Top 10
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 2805
Carlos Alcaraz has had a simply brilliant season, in which he has proven to be a phenomenon today and with an immense future. The 19-year-old Spaniard won the US Open, becoming the youngest number 1 in the history of men's tennis.
His trip to New York left everyone speechless, leading many pundits to point to him as the future dominator of men's tennis. 'Carlitos' improved his year by also winning two Masters 1000 (Miami and Madrid) and as many ATP 500 (Rio and Barcelona).
The performance of the young Iberian fell slightly in the last part of the season, also due to some injuries. Juan Carlos Ferrero's coach suffered a knee problem and an abdominal strain during the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy.
That setback prevented him from playing the ATP Finals in Turin and the Davis Cup Finals in Malaga. The Murcian, who will participate in the Abu Dhabi exhibition from December 16 to 18, will not play official tournaments before the 2023 Australian Open.
In an interview with "Sky Sport Germany", Patrick Kuhnen -former ATP number 43 and current director of the Munich tournament- analyzed Carlos Alcaraz's prospects in detail: "The Spaniard will start the new season as number 1 in the world and will have to defend this status.
There is a risk that this position will become a burden for a 19-year-old, especially on a mental level. Alcaraz is surrounded by a very good team, which should allow him to face this challenge with more confidence. In any case, I am convinced that Carlos will find some difficulties next year." Who also spoke about the young man from Murcia was the Russian Daniil Medvedev, who has already reached the top of the standings this season, and who looks to Alcaraz for inspiration.
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The current champion of the Count of Godó confirms his presence for the next edition of the tournament held in Barcelona in 2023. Now as the number one in the world, Carlos Alcaraz will arrive in Catalonia with a trophy to defend.
David Ferrer, director of the tournament, shared the joy of having the Murcian for next year: "He is a unique tennis player, with a lot of charisma and, in addition, he enjoys on the court. He still has a whole career ahead of him to continue improving", said the tennis player to Mundo Deportivo. We will have to wait until April to find out if Alcaraz repeats his triumph in Barcelona.