Tennis icon issues ultimate praise and huge prediction on Iga Swiatek, Carlos Alcaraz

Chris Evert reacts to Swiatek and Alcaraz lifting trophies at the French Open.

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Tennis icon issues ultimate praise and huge prediction on Iga Swiatek, Carlos Alcaraz
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Former 18-time Grand Slam champion Chris Evert dropped some major praise on Iga Swiatek and Carlos Alcaraz, saying that they "brought a new and higher level to the game" while also predicting their Grand Slam numbers will reach double digits.

On Saturday, Swiatek - who turned 23 during the tournament - won her fifth Grand Slam title after dominating Jasmine Paolini 6-2 6-1 in the final. The following day, Alcaraz - who celebrated his 21st birthday a month ago - defeated Alexander Zverev 6-3 2-6 5-7 6-1 6-2 to lift a Slam title for the third time in his career.

And Evert - who is widely regarded as one of the greatest champions in tennis history - had a special message for Swiatek and Alcaraz.

"Congrats to @iga_swiatek and @carlosalcaraz. They’ve brought a new and higher level to the game. Forecasting double digits in Slams. They will be around for a long time!" Evert wrote on X.

Iga Swiatek and Carlos Alcaraz
Iga Swiatek and Carlos Alcaraz © Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill
 

Evert defends her take

After Evert's take on Swiatek and Alcaraz, one person seemingly didn't agree with the part about Swiatek and Alcaraz bringing a higher level to the game. 

"Congrats to both, but I wouldn't say either of them has brought a 'higher level to the game'. Serena at her best? Roger, Rafa, Novak?" one person asked Evert.

Evert responded: "I would!"

Meanwhile, Swiatek and Alcaraz stay pretty humble in their goals and expectations.

After lifting her fifth Grand Slam title - instead of making a big prediction for herself - Swiatek provided a very humble answer, saying she already achieved a lot more than she ever expected.

"I already achieved much more than I ever expected, so I am just doing everything step by step really, enjoying every match and every title," Swiatek told Taylor.

On the other side - after Alcaraz was asked about catching Novak Djokovic's record of 24 Grand Slam - he said those numbers were "unbelievable" and it was too early for him to speak about that prospect.

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