Carlos Alcaraz has already made a name for himself and has established himself amongst the very best in the sport right now. Today we look at his most powerful weapon as a player whether it is his forehand, positioning or something else completely.
The World No. 2 is buckling up for the upcoming Grand Slam, The Australian Open. Last year, he had to pull out of the competition due to a right leg injury. This will be only his second try at the tournament and will look to add the title to his building tennis resume.
Alcaraz recently launched his own trunk with Louis Vuitton on Tuesday. On the same day, in an interview with Le Figaro, the Spaniard gave us an insight into his light-hearted personality and the positives associated with it for him on the court.
“It’s natural, ever since I started at the age of 4 or 5, I always try to enjoy the moment and live my childhood dream. I still see tennis as a game and I always enjoy being on the court. Having a smile on my face is the key to everything I do. I smile a lot when I play and that reflects on my game.”
When asked about the things that make him happy, the Spaniard replied that bringing the ‘enthusiasm’ out of the crowd present in the arena makes him the happiest.
“What makes me happy? Doing different things that are out of the ordinary and seeing the crowd enjoy it. Their enthusiasm makes me really happy, and that gives me even more energy.”
He further elaborated by revealing his favorite shot which wasn’t the fan favorite ‘drop shot’ but was forehand instead.
“I love drop shots when they feel right in my hand. But my favourite shot is the forehand, which I feel really comfortable with. I use a lot of power with this shot, which scares most players, which is why it’s my favourite. I try to make the most of it, even if it doesn’t always work.”
Carlos Alcaraz needs to get out of his winning ‘hangover’ says Tennis expert Gill Gross
Tennis analyzer and broadcaster, Gill Gross, made some bold comments on Carlos Alcaraz‘s struggles in the latter half of the 2023 season.
According to the broadcaster and tennis analyzer, Carlos is not playing up to expectations and is often losing his focus on the court. This is the primary reason for his unexpected no-title run in the latter half of the season.
“I’ve seen a lot of focus issues for Alcaraz. I would not give him high marks in focus, which is such a big thing mentally for tennis players. It is such an important attribute. It is under-discussed.”
Gill Gross said that the Spaniard was still in a bit of a ‘winning hangover’ after the Wimbledon win and that he needed to deal with it as soon as possible to capture back his full attention on the court.
“There’s a mental adjustment that I think needs to be made. We talk about this with players who achieve really big things and have these big breakthrough results. There is often a hangover as a result of something like that happening.”