Rising Spanish star Carlos Alcaraz is just 18 but he already looks as one of the most physically dominant players on the Tour. Alcaraz, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 19 in the world, does a lot of hard work on the practice court but he also puts a lot of effort in the gym.
Alcaraz's rapid improvement is well-documented and the power with which he plays is one of the most impressive things about him. Alcaraz says gym hours are extremely important to him as he underlines being well prepared is the key to success.
“My team and I know how important it is to be strong physically,” Alcaraz said. “It was one thing we knew I had to improve a lot. It was a great focus during preseason. I am really happy. It gives me more confidence.
I have more of a chance to keep my level high during a three or four-hour match against the best players. “I enjoy the gym. I have been concentrating on every part of the body. I concentrate 100 per cent on the work, my biggest focus is on the legs.
This is very important”.
Alcaraz happy to be back to Indian Wells
Alcaraz made his Indian Wells debut last year, but it wasn't a memorable debut as he was beaten by Andy Murray in his opener at the tournament. Alcaraz, who again had a first round bye in Indian Wells, is set to start his campaign by playing Mackenzie McDonald in the second round.
“It is amazing. If you remember last year I lost in my first match [against Andy Murray]. I enjoy every single second here in Indian Wells. It is an amazing place and I am really happy to be back. Even happier that I am playing really well.
“I know McDonald is playing at a great level. I know it is going to be a great match and a really tough one. The first match in every tournament is tough”.