Steve Flink on Carlos Alcaraz: "He has to think long-term"
by LORENZO CIOTTI | VIEW 4093
In the latest edition of the Court-Side with Beilinson Tennis podcast, well-known journalist and Hall of Famer Steve Flink invited Carlos Alcaraz to take care of his physique and fine-tune his programming. Flink analyzed: "There's a fear that Carlos Alcaraz has a serious problem with that leg and continuing to play on it hasn't done him any good.
Let's just hope Carlos considers carefully which tournaments to play next month. It wouldn't be a good idea to go to Acapulco and play for the third week in a row. He would risk getting seriously hurt. I sincerely hope he doesn't make this mistake. Alcaraz is still very young and must start thinking about the long term, not just the immediate.
He has had several physical problems in recent months and must find a solution. We all hope to see him on the court at the age of 30 as the three great icons of this generation. That will only happen if he receives wise advice and is willing to put his ambitions on hold in the name of health."
Alcaraz should defend many point at Indian Wells and Miami
Alcaraz will be called to defend the semifinal in Indian Wells and the title in Miami.
The Spaniard saw the chance of winning his second consecutive title in Rio slip away and failed to lock Novak Djokovic at the top of the ATP rankings. The 19-year-old Spaniard led by a set and a break in the final against Cameron Norrie, but his physique abandoned him at the climax forcing him to undergo a comeback as unexpected as it was mocking.
Starting in the second set, Carlos felt a fairly sharp pain in the same leg muscle where he suffered the injury earlier in the year. We recall that that problem had forced him to miss the 2023 Australian Open, making him lose the first position in the standings in favor of Djokovic.
Juan Carlos Ferrero's protégé is expected to play the ATP 500 in Acapulco this week, but his participation in the Mexican tournament is in high doubt given the circumstances.