Rising Spanish star Carlos Alcaraz believes that coaching should be allowed on the ATP Tour. Coaching will be allowed at the Next Gen ATP Finals and Alcaraz is a fan of it. Coaching has been one of the popular topics on the Tour in recent years but the ATP has been reluctant about changing the rule.
"In all sports there is coaching and is really good to have feedbacks during the match. So I think is good to give it a try here at the Next Gen ATP Finals and I think could be a good idea for the future," Alcaraz said, per Lorenzo Ercoli.
Alcaraz suffered a disappointing loss at the Paris Masters
Alcaraz had a great chance to make the Paris quarterfinal but France's Hugo Gaston stunned the Spaniard 6-4 7-5. After the match, Alcaraz admitted having the French crowd against him affected him.
Alcaraz was up 5-0 in the second set but his game then completely fell apart as Gaston earned three breaks in a row and won seven consecutive games to overturn the deficit and book a straight-set win. "It is never easy to play with the public against and yesterday it proved, I knew it would be difficult to deal with the atmosphere that existed but I could not imagine that it could be so heavy.
My first time in this situation was not easy for me, it hurt me a lot not to know how to deal with that pressure but like everything in life, we fall but we get up and move on, the most important thing is to learn from these situations and I am sure that I will come back stronger and with lessons learned;" Alcaraz wrote in an Instagram post.
Former British No. 1 Greg Rusedski tipped Alcaraz to have a great career. "Carlos Alcaraz might not achieve what Rafael Nadal has, but the intensity he plays with is amazing for an 18 year old & we haven't seen this for a longtime.
Yes,he learnt a tough lesson yesterday & couldn't handle the crowd, but he will bounce back stronger for the experience," Rusedski tweeted.