Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal the best doubles since the Four Musketeers

At the Queen's media day, Carlitos revealed the excitement of being able to play with his legendary countryman

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal the best doubles since the Four Musketeers
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It will be a dream doubles between Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal at the Paris Olympic Games. A dream for Rafa, who seeks his 3rd Olympic medal. A dream for us media, that we will see these two champions playing together on the legendary Philippe Chatrier. It will be a dream for Carlitos, as he himself admitted in the media of the Queen's tournament, the ATP 250 tournament being played in London in preparation for the Wimbledon Championships.

Alcaraz tried to describe the emotions he felt when he discovered that he will share the court with his idol Rafael Nadal at the Paris Olympics 2024.

"I haven't played doubles as much as I would have liked. I like it, especially when you play with a tennis player who is also your friend. Playing with Nadal at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games excites me. I'm very happy to have the opportunity to play with my idol and I will try to enjoy every moment. I never expected to play with him at the Olympics. He knows those fields well and will teach me many things. I'm a young guy who still needs to grow both as a person and as a player. It would be a dream to win a medal with him," he revealed

We could define the Alcaraz-Nadal doubles as one of the most anticipated and spectacular (in men's tennis) since the times of The Four Musketeers Jean Borotra, Jacques Brugnon, Henri Cochet, René Lacoste.

Carlos Alcaraz
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Alcaraz celebrated his success at Roland Garros by taking a short holiday in Ibiza with his friends. Not even having time to realize the incredible feat he achieved in Paris, the Spaniard immediately packed and unpacked his bags to reach London and prepare for the grass season. A part of the season in which he will try to defend the titles won last year at the ATP 500 tournament at Queen's and at Wimbledon. Alcaraz reiterated the importance of finding a balance between private and professional life to perform at your best and always be mentally fresh.

"I spent a few days of vacation with a group of friends. I had fun celebrating Roland Garros. I need these things too.
It is clear that every player is different, but for me it is essential to separate personal life and tennis to reach the highest level. I have to have my days off to mentally relax, be with family and friends, and leave the racket aside. We tennis players have little time to do this and we must take advantage of these few opportunities.

On Sunday I lifted the title in Paris and on Monday I had many commitments. Then I went to Ibiza to relax with some friends for three days. After four days, you change surface, tournament and playing conditions. I came home just to get ready and come here. Finish a tournament and you can celebrate for no more than two days. About the grass-season, I now know how I have to play on this surface and I am more mature. I didn't move very well in the first training here, but the process is slower," he analyzed.

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