Nikolay Davydenko blames the Spanish tennis style for constant injuries of Carlos Alcaraz as he voices his concern for the Spaniard

This has been the second year in running where the Spaniard ran out of fuel in the later half of the year as Nikolay Davydenko gave his views on the matter.


Nikolay Davydenko blames the Spanish tennis style for constant injuries of Carlos Alcaraz as he voices his concern for the Spaniard

(L-R) Carlos Alcaraz and Nikolay Davydenko. (credits: Sphera Sports, Tennis View Mag)

Former ATP Finals champion and one of Russia’s best during his time, Nikolay Davydenko, recently sat down for an interview with the media team of Championat. 

He gave his views on the current top male tennis athletes in the world and their performance in the 2023 season. Among many conversations with him, he was also asked about the dip in the form of Carlos Alcaraz at the later stages of the year.

This has been the second year in running where the Spaniard has run out of fuel in the last few months of the season despite taking the tennis world by storm in the first half of the calendar year. 

Davydenko talked about the Spanish school of tennis and how the players are pushed to their absolute limits. He also disclosed the fact that the trainers back in Spain focus more on hardcore fitness and body endurance and then put their heads into the tips and tricks of tennis.

For me, Alcaraz is very strange. Why is this happening? Because in the Spanish school of tennis, there is very serious physical activity. They swing unrealistically, they have supernatural physical fitness. They focus on this more than on tennis. For them, tennis is in the background. They say that first of all you need to run and not get tired, and then play on the other side of the court.
Davydenko said via Championat.com

Nikolai Davydenko predicts the future problems Alcaraz might encounter

Nikolai Davydenko went on to talk about how these injuries are limiting Alcaraz from reaching his true potential. He agreed to the fact that the body, with time, will lead to several injuries, but for Alcaraz to face continuous injuries at the age of 20, reduced the resistance ability of his body. 

Carlos Alcaraz grunts in discomfort after an injury during a match. (credits: rt.com)
The body cannot withstand these overloads. Of course, at 20 years old it is too early to get your first injuries. Then others will appear - it goes in a chain. Therefore, he will shoot somewhere, but somewhere he may withdraw from the tournament because something happened.
He said

Alcaraz was a true champion during the first half of the season, winning six titles. In the first six months until July, he racked up the Wimbledon Championship, the Queen’s Club Championship, the Madrid Open, the Barcelona Open, the Indian Wells Masters, and the Argentian Open but failed to win a single title in the last six months, proving his inconsistency in the later stages of the calendar year. 

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