Barbara Schett has a doubt about Carlos Alcaraz: "I also had it with Rafael Nadal"

Barbara Schett said she was a bit hesitant about the physical strength of Alcaraz in the long run

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Barbara Schett has a doubt about Carlos Alcaraz: "I also had it with Rafael Nadal"

The second of the four most important appointments of the season is almost upon us. The draw for the Roland Garros was out, starting on May 28th. Apart from the undisputed king Rafael Nadal, still struggling with physical problems, the number one favorite to go all the way is his young countryman Carlos Alcaraz.

Will the Murciano be ready to take up the legacy of his idol after his early elimination in Rome? Waiting to know, Barbara Schett said she was a bit hesitant about the physical strength of Alcaraz in the long run. A concern, hers, which she had years ago for Nadal: "Alcaraz won six tournaments this year and the way he played in Madrid and Barcelona shows that he is full of confidence.

He's taken tennis to a whole new level that we didn't think was possible after seeing the big three. I'm sure he will win in the future. The only thing that worries me is his physique and how he's going to hold up for 15 years.

I thought exactly the same about Rafael Nadal, due to his physical game and his knee and foot problems. But in the end he had such a long career. For me, if Alcaraz is healthy, he will be number one in the world for many years."

From Musetti to semi with Djokovic: the RG of Alcaraz

The men's draw for the 2023 Roland Garros edition is out.

The second Grand Slam tournament, which will begin on May 28 and end on June 11, has its main draw, with many protagonists present and some illustrious absences. There will be no title holder and undisputed idol of Parisian fans Rafael Nadal, who for the first time since his debut abdicates his reign before the start; not even the number three of Italy Matteo Berrettini will play, not yet in the best physical condition to be able to compete in Paris.

There is Carlos Alcaraz, who leads the French Open draw, for the first time as seed in a Grand Slam tournament (at the Australian Open he withdrew before the start, ed). To know the first opponent, however, he will have to wait: he will have one between O'Connell and Daniel.

On his side of the draw is the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, a possible challenger in the quarter-finals of the tournament. Furthermore, on the road to Alcaraz there is the number two in Italy Lorenzo Musetti. As for the top end of the draw, here is Novak Djokovic, who on the Paris red clay is looking for the Grand Slam number 23, thus becoming the most successful in the history of men's tennis: against the Serbian, dethroned by Alcaraz at the top of the ranking ATP, American Kovacevic will make his debut. The Spaniard and the Serbian tennis player could only face each other in the semifinals.

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