Carlos Alcaraz started off the season with an unfortunate injury due to which he pulled out of the Australian Open. He continued his triumph at last year’s US Open after winning the Argentina Open. The youngest World No.1 in history did not let off as he won the Indian Wells Masters without dropping a set.
Eight-time Grand Slam champion Jimmy Connors was in attendance to watch Alacaraz in action. After watching the 19-year-old play for the first time, Connors delegated the youngster as the best among the next-gen players. According to him, Carlos has an innate ‘desire’ to give his best whenever he’s on the court.
Speaking on his Advantage Connorspodcast, the 70-year-old showered praise on Alcaraz for his exceptional determination after witnessing him in Indian Wells. “What struck me the most is that he is young…and he has what is called desire,” stated Connors. In contrast to his peers, he found Alcaraz to have a certain maturity and willingness to succeed.
Additionally, Alcaraz wishes to be the best, said Connors, which the Spaniard has already achieved with his No.1 ranking. Terming Alcaraz as ‘unstoppable’, he continued, “He has this famous attitude and I sincerely think that if he stays healthy and keeps this desire, it will be difficult to stop him.“
Despite the rise of many next-gen players, Alcaraz is one-of-a-kind. After witnessing his Indian Wells championship, Connors lauded him for his distinguished persona and attitude. “Over the past two years, I’ve seen a lot of young people on the rise. None has distinguished himself by his desire and his will to give everything every time he is on the ground like him.” elaborated Connors.
Alcaraz ended the 2022 season with many achievements. Winning his maiden Grand Slam title and the accolade of the youngest World No.1, proved that Alcaraz was here to stay, unlike many other aspirants. He won 5 ATP Tour titles. The Miami Masters was one of them, and Alcaraz aspires to defend it this year as well.
Alcaraz will seek to achieve the difficult feat of claiming the Sunshine Doubles as well. After his stint at Indian Wells, Alcaraz started off his campaign in Miami with a comfortable win againstFacundo Bagnis. Alcaraz is determined to extend his eight-match winning streak as he faces Dusan Lajovic in the third round.
Tanisha Mohanty is currently a first year student at Christ University, Bangalore, where she is pursuing BA English(Honours). She has been born and brought up in Delhi and Bhubaneswar. Her interests include calligraphy, reading books, and watching F1 and tennis.
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