Carlos Alcaraz's childhood coach on US Open champion managing success, pressure



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Carlos Alcaraz's childhood coach on US Open champion managing success, pressure

Coach Kiko Navarro says Carlos Alcaraz is completely in love with tennis and he doubts the 19-year-old Spaniard can get to a stage where he would experience a burnout. Alcaraz, who is just 19 years old, is already a Grand Slam champion, a two-time Masters champion, as well as the youngest No.

1 in tennis history. After winning two Masters titles earlier this year, Alcaraz became a Grand Slam champion after defeating Casper Ruud in the US Open final. Navarro was Alcaraz's childhood coach and he thinks the 19-year-old will deal well with everything that will come his way.

“I think it won't affect him even if he spends two years without winning a Grand Slam," Navarro told Eurosport Espana. "I know him well, and he likes tennis too much to break down and get distracted. He will always have goals; he will not get a burnout."

Alcaraz believes he definitely has the room to improve

After Alcaraz won his first Grand Slam title at the US Open, coach Juan Carlos Ferrero made a statement that was scary for the rest of the competition. Ferrero feels Alcaraz is at just 60% of his potential and he has a big room to further improve his game.

When Alcaraz was asked about his coach's comments, he confirmed that he also believes that he can improve his game. "I agree with Juan Carlos. I'm at 60% of my potential. There is a lot of things to improve. Nadal, Djokovic and Federer improved a lot of things over the years.

I have to improve mentally, physically. The tennis too. I can stay in my comfort zone," Alcaraz explained. With Roger Federer retiring and Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic being in the latter stage of their careers, Alcaraz is someone who has been tipped to be the face of the men's game for the years to come.

Alcaraz has dealt well with the pressure so far and it will be interesting to see if he can win the ATP Finals later this year.