Jimmy Connors predicted that Carlos Alcaraz could win 15 Grand Slams in his career. For now, the young Spanish world no.1 has conquered the US Open 2022 and, a few weeks ago, Wimbledon, in an exciting final won in five sets against Novak Djokovic.
Speaking on the Connors Advantage podcast, the former North American tennis legend explained: "If Carlos Alcaraz plays until he is 33. So, he has got 13 years. Let's just say he plays for 12 more years, that is 48 more Slams. And if he doesn't get too full of himself, I would say 15.
That is if he doesn't think he doesn't have to go out and work hard and it's gonna come easy. He needs to continue what he's doing now and looks like he will. He has that passion, that smile, that excitement, and that feel for what he's doing." Connors further said that many young people are expected to be motivated by Alcaraz in the coming years: "I say that because there's going to be some new kids coming up now, you know those who see him.
The 16, 17, and 18 who see him and say: If he can do it, I can do it too! If he's working like this, I'm working like that! But they are all going to find their own way. I think he has got to start setting the precedent now for the youth.
It only depends on what comes up behind him because he knows what is in front of him and I don't think he's afraid of that."
Carlos Alcaraz: "Wimbledon the best feeling of my life"
Carlos Alcaraz is back to talk about the Wimbledon fina won against Novak Djokovic, during the Hopman Cup.
The Spaniard analyzed: "The moment of victory at Wimbledon, the moment of the match ball, there is no better feeling than that, or at least I haven't experienced better in the last few days. I would say it was the most beautiful feeling of my whole life, something really crazy.
I tried to rest and not think too much about it, just be a normal guy. But yeah, I'd say the best moments were after the last point. I'm a little tired, I won't lie to you, but I had a few days to rest a bit, so right now I feel ready to take on this tournament.
I haven't touched a racket since Wimbledon ended, although now I'll have to practice a bit to prepare for the match. The big change happened on a mental level, as I said. In Paris I didn't know how to handle the pressure, Novak put me in my place, it was a Grand Slam semifinal and it's never easy, especially against a player like him.
At Wimbledon I think I prepared much better before the match, I did a few different things to go into the Wimbledon final with the intention of doing better, much more relaxed, I did some mental exercises during the final which I hadn't done at the Roland Garros, this helped me do better.
I think Wimbledon is a bit more special, maybe because of the atmosphere, that's how I felt. That court, that tournament, everything around it is very iconic, since I was a child I was told about all that Wimbledon stood for and the champions who had won it.
You feel special when you are there, I think Christopher Eubanks explained it very well in a video, what it means to do well in Wimbledon compared to doing well in any other tournament."