Carlos Alcaraz reveals: 'He’s hungry'

Carlos Alcaraz suffered his third career loss on the grass

by Simone Brugnoli
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Carlos Alcaraz reveals: 'He’s hungry'
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Carlos Alcaraz suffered his third career loss on the grass, the first after thirteen consecutive victories: those that allowed him to win first at the Queen’s tournament and then at Wimbledon last year. The last to beat him was Jannik Sinner on the grounds of the All England Club in 2022; today, instead, one of the best versions of Jack Draper.

Carlos Alcaraz
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The Briton took his first ATP title in Stuttgart four days ago and now reached the quarter-finals in the home event by directly eliminating the defending champion.

The grass season didn’t start as well for Carlos Alcaraz. The young Spaniard, after a splendid victory at Roland Garros, stopped at the round of 16 of the Atp 500 of Queen’s, winning just one game in the tournament he won last year.

Carlos Alcaraz waits for Juan Carlos Ferrero

In the press conference and in the words reported by the news agency EFE, Carlos Alcaraz expressed his total disappointment at one of the rules that ATP is trying to introduce in the Tour.

At Queen’s, in fact, the shot clock - which calculates the time that elapses between a point and another - is activated at the end of each exchange without waiting even a second more, as happens when the chair judge manages it.

Carlos Alcaraz
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"This new rule is absurd and harmful to players. When I finish the net spikes, I don’t even have time to go catch the ball to beat it," said Alcaraz. "I’m not talking about getting towels, but about the fact that we don’t even have time to catch the ball after an exchange.

It’s crazy, something I’ve never seen before in this sport" . Alcaraz will go straight back to Wimbledon.

“I don’t know exactly day that Juan Carlos is coming. I don’t know if it’s on Sunday or Monday. But, he’s hungry. I know that. As I said, right now I’m hungry just to be better, to practice, and that’s all I have to do.

I’m really excited to be starting Wimbledon. Of course I really want to win every title that I go, and I think Wimbledon is even more special.”

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