Alex Corretja reveals what Carlos Alcaraz's great obsession could be

The former Spanish tennis player analyzed what risk his young countryman could take in 2024

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Alex Corretja reveals what Carlos Alcaraz's great obsession could be
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In a recent interview with Eurosport, Alex Corretja analyzed the chances that his young countryman Carlitos Alcaraz will have at the Australian Open 2024. The former tennis player also expressed his opinion regarding the fight for the ATP ranking No.1 spot, which in the next few weeks will involve both Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic.

In fact, Corretja explained how it could be harmful for Alcaraz to be obsessed with chasing 1st place in the ATP world ranking. "I think Carlos needs to relax about the ATP world no.1. He has already been No.1, he has already proven to himself that he can dominate the rankings and now we have to wait for the right moment.

He must continue to add points, matches, titles, and little by little the Tour will show him where he is capable of reaching. He must not be obsessed with this. He can make him play tournaments that he wouldn't play under normal conditions.

What does it matter if it's 20 weeks as number 1 or 33? This will be the sign of his career, it will come naturally. The number 1 will come following his results, but I don't think it should be a goal: it may be an illusion, but it generates extra stress that I don't think compensates," explained Corretja.

The Spaniard then added: "If you win because you have a high level, but you don't improve and progress, in the long run you lose. In tennis you have to find the balance between winning and discovering new things: this is what what made Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic unique was that they constantly incorporated new things into their game.

Alcaraz is in a privileged position to continue to be successful, these things you learn with age."

The next edition of the Australian Open

The Australian Open is the first major tournament of the highly anticipated new tennis season.

The Happy Slam will be the first great opportunity to see all the greatest tennis players on the planet gathered under one roof. Last season it was Novak Djokovic who triumphed, who in Melbourne picked up the thread left in 2022, due to his absence related to the Covid-19 rules.

In the next edition, however, the World No.1 will have to watch out for Carlos Alcaraz, absent due to injury in 2023 and determined to prove that he is close to the Serbian's level.

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