Carlos Alcaraz revealed he probably "lost the joy a little bit" for tennis during the summer and his goal for the US Open was just to be himself and have fun on the court. After not winning a title since the Madrid Masters, Alcaraz put up a strong run at the US Open to win his first Grand Slam title.
Leading up to the US Open, Alcaraz wasn't really impressive since he was beaten in Montreal Masters second round before losing in the Cincinnati Masters quarterfinal. After beating Casper Ruud in the US Open final, Alcaraz said that enjoying his tennis once again was the key.
“I lost the joy a little bit. I felt the pressure,” Alcaraz said, per the ATP website. “I couldn't smile on court, which I'm doing in every match, every tournament. I came here just to enjoy, you know? To smile on court, to enjoy playing tennis.
I love playing tennis, of course. I would say if I smile, if I have fun out there, I saw my best level, my best tennis”.
Alcaraz 'hungry' for more
At the age of 19, Alcaraz is a Grand Slam champion, a two-time Masters champion and the top-ranked player in the world.
But Alcaraz is not satisfied yet as he is aiming to achieve much more success before he calls it a career. “I just can say that I'm really happy to move on to be No. 1 of the world, still growing. I'm so, so happy.
I never thought that I was going to achieve something like that at 19 years old. Everything has come so fast. For me it's unbelievable. It's something I dream since I was a kid, since I start playing tennis. But, of course, I'm hungry for more.
I want to be in the top for many, many weeks. Hope many years. I'm going to work hard again after this week, this amazing two weeks. I'm going to fight for have more of this," Alcaraz said.