Fresh off of winning the Next Gen ATP Final in Italy from Sebastian Korda, Carlos Alcaraz has experienced a setback that he hopes to be able able to overcome in approaching the 2022 season. "It's a very tough blow but you have to pick yourself up and come out stronger," the fiery 18-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz grimly says.
He has tested positive on his route to the Davis Cup event, the first appearance and is saddened by being scratched by the team. It was known that another teammate had been positive but was quickly put in isolation. This is not only a physical challenge for Alcaraz but mental one since his professional career has skyrocketed in quality and endurance.
He has jumped over 100 places on the ATP ranking to be at his no. 32 present level. It was since the beginning of the Pandemic-plagued year he has defeated veterans and iconic players to reach his title in Italy at the Next Gen event.
It was since the beginning of the year that he has defeated veterans and iconic players to reach his title in Italy at the Next Gen tournament. Alcaraz had wins over Belgium's David Goffin at Adelaide, captured his first title of the season at the Croatian Open defending veteran Richard Gasquet and wins over Andy Murray, Matteo Berrettini and Dan Evans at the Vienna Open strengthened his confidence to rise in rankings and caliber.
It was his Next Gen ATP final crown that sealed Alcaraz's pride and consistency when defeating Sebastian Korda. "It is amazing. To be able to win this tournament...I am so excited right now and emotional," the teen Spaniard gave a big grin.
But he isn't short on being real and admitted his capabilities in playing the event saying, "I was very, very nervous at the start. I had to be calm...I had to play my best in those moments." Alcaraz has a great team behind him and after the win ran over to embrace coach and former ATP player Juan Carlos Ferrero.
"He is everything to me. I own him everything," he would proudly say. So now Carlos Alcaraz has time since his positive test of the coronavirus being that he isn't able to play Davis Cup which is in his country of Madrid.
He tells of his disappointment saying "I was very excited to be able to play and represent my country...But sometimes things don't go how we want them to go." Spain badly wants to defend their title but to play without Rafael Nadal and Roberto Bautista Agut and now Alcaraz is a bit daunting.
Carlos can't believe the timing the positive account of the virus has had on him participating in the Davis Cup. It would have been his first-time event. But he is hopeful of getting into a great groove after his absence with rest and healing.
There will be more important events as the 2022 season rolls around and Carlos Alcaraz doesn't want anyone to lose faith in his performance. But when Sebastian Korda fell to the young Spaniard, he had only to say that Carlos "He's definitely playing a lot better than what his ranking is."
Everyone sees the great consistency and defiance that Alcaraz is plying in and Korda goes on, to sum up his Spaniard opponents' caliber despite being ranked no. 32, saying: "He won't be in that spot for long."