Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal in doubles at the 2024 Olympics: not a utopia!

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Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal in doubles at the 2024 Olympics: not a utopia!
Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal in doubles at the 2024 Olympics: not a utopia!

Triggered by a specific question, Carlos Alcaraz surprised everyone during the first press conference in Paris in view of the start of the Roland Garros. Regarding the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, which will take place in the French capital, the Spanish tennis player has launched an incredible invitation to Rafael Nadal: "For me it could be a dream to play doubles with him." The consideration immediately drove fans crazy, who are already thinking about this incredible possibility in about a year.

It wasn't the only consideration on his countryman by the Spaniard, who was asked how he reacted when he learned of Rafa's forfeit for the Paris competition. He explained: "I felt bad when I heard he couldn't play here and probably for the rest of the year.

As a tennis fan, I always watch him play. I always want to see the best players in the world play in the biggest tournaments and obviously learn from them very closely, even in the locker room. For me it was difficult to understand how it would have gone without Rafa this year.

I hope to see him next year, hopefully in 100% condition." If Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal really were to play doubles together at the 2024 Olympics it would come full circle. From one Spanish champion to another. The end of a legendary career, the beginning of a new dawn of tennis.

It would be an epochal moment in the history of tennis, like the advent of the Open Era, the arrival of Roger Federer and his retirement. An epic, unforgettable peak, with an iconic and symbolic value. And this possibility is more concrete than a utopia.

Alcaraz's words

Coach Juan Carlos Ferrero's athlete was also asked for further reflection, whether he considers himself stronger than Rafael Nadal at the same age. Carlos replied like this: "I don't know. It was a different era when he was 20.

I can't say right now if I'm stronger than him at the same age. Obviously he's done great things at my age." Without a doubt, the Spaniard will have to demonstrate that he can handle the pressure of being the first seed in the main draw, also given a very demanding draw (Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals, Djokovic in the semifinals).

Many spotlights will be on him, as well as the Serbian champion and a surprising Daniil Medvedev on clay, especially in the absence of Nadal.

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