'I think Carlos Alcaraz is someone that handles...', says top coach
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 2801
With Carlos Alcaraz and Casper Ruud as the main seeds, the draw for the main draw of the 2023 Mexican Tennis Open took place. The favorites learned the path they will have to overcome throughout the following week in Acapulco in search of the yearned for "Guaje".
Notably, defending champion Rafael Nadal will not be defending his crown on the event's 30th anniversary. Alcaraz, current number two in the world, will face the complicated Mackenzie McDonald in the first round. In case of fulfilling the forecast, he could see the faces with Brandon Nakashima in case he does the same on the German Daniel Altmaier.
In the same upper part of the table are the Americans Taylor Fritz (3), Frances Tiafoe (6), Tommy Paul (7), Marcos Girón, Michael Mmoh, John Isner and Christopher Eubanks. The lower sector of the table will be headed by the Norwegian Casper Ruud, finalist in the last edition of the US Open.
The member of the top-10 of the ATP will debut before a player from the qualifying phase. The Danish Holger Rune (4), the British Cameron Norrie (5) and De Minaur (8) are the other favorites in the bottom quadrant. Also in this part is the powerful Italian server Matteo Berrettini.
The Mexican Pacheco did not have luck on his side, having to pair with the eighth seed in the tournament. In case of surprise, he would come across the winner of the duel between the German Oscar Otte and another player from the qualy.
This is how the main draw of the most important tennis tournament in Latin America was left. Which tennis players do you see playing the final of the Acapulco Open 2023?
Alcaraz had an immensely successful 2022 season
Serena Williams' former coach Patrick Mouratoglou recently opined that Carlos Alcaraz will have to deal with serious pressure situations in the upcoming days.
"I think Carlos is someone that handles the pressure well but I think he'll have pressure. Maybe, he doesn't realise yet but when he will be there, having to defend titles, having been No. 1 in the world with all the expectations that come with it, he'll feel it and it's normal," Mouratoglou said.
"He has to defend, and Rio, Miami, Madrid, Barcelona. It's an incredible amount of points that he'll have to defend. I believe that he doesn't think about the rankings and the points or that he will, ...but more his status. I'm here, I won last year, I beat most of the best players in the world."