“I can’t be normal” Carlos Alcaraz speaks about the demerits of his rising popularity as he advances in the 2022 French Open

World No. 6 Carlos Alcaraz opens up about the challenge of being a celebrity after his recent successes have made him one of the most sought players.

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz

World No. 6 and the 6th seed Carlos Alcaraz made a great start at the 2022 French Open as he defeated Juan Ignacio Londero in the first round. Alcaraz won the match 6-4, 6-2, 6-0 in 1 hour and 50 minutes to register a big confidence booster win as he improved brilliantly during the course of the match.

After the nerves of the first set had settled, Carlos looked more free and that resulted in better shot selection and good control over the match with the bagel in the final set being the perfect wrap to a good victory. The gameplay on display showed why is the teen dubbed as one of the title contenders at the Grand Slam.

Speaking in his press conference, Alcaraz was asked how is he managing the attention on different social media platforms and what according to him is his greatest strength on the court and something that he feels like improving. Carlitos was smart with his answer and took the example of his idol Rafael Nadal while answering it.

I always say that you have to improve every day if you are the best player in the world. Not in my case. But for example, Rafa says every day that he always improves every day. I would say I have to improve everything a little bit. You can improve everything every day, you know. And I would say everything. I have to improve everything. I always be aggressive, be myself on the court. I don’t change depending on the match, I don’t change that.

I am trying to be focused just on the tournaments, on the matches, and trying to be a part of the social media and everyone talking about you, just focus on what I have to improve, what I have to do on the matches, what I have to do in the every day to be ready in the tournament,” said Alcaraz.

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“I am reaching my dream”: Carlos Alcaraz

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz

Carlitos was also asked what does he feel is the best thing for him at the moment given his popularity in tennis circles which also led to the King of Spain visiting him at one of the matches and having a private discussion with the teenager.

“I would say that the best thing now is I am reaching my dream. I am really happy playing tennis, playing these kinds of tournaments, these stadiums, they are not for everyone so that’s the best thing. The worst thing, you can’t be normal off the court. You can’t go to restaurants and can’t do stuff,” added Alcaraz.

With the win over Londero, Alcaraz moves into the second round where he will take on compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas who comes into the second round after a win over Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis in 4-sets. It will be the third meeting between the two Spaniards with Alcaraz emerging victorious in both of the previous two meetings.

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