Carlos Alcaraz news: Miami Open champion ‘prepared’ to win a Grand Slam

Carlos Alcaraz with the Next Gen ATP Finals trophy

Fresh off the back of his win at the Miami Open, and being the youngest player ever to do so, Carlos Alcaraz is backing himself to win a Grand Slam this season.

He’s only been in five Grand Slam draws in the past, but this hasn’t fazed him and he intends on winning a major tournament this year, but concedes it might not be the French Open which is the next one up in the tennis calendar.

The 18-year-old only arrived on the scene two years ago when he played at the Rio Open in February 2020 after being awarded a wildcard, but he believes he is ready to win a major title.

“I would say yes, I am prepared,” the Spaniard told Marca.

“I have the confidence, the level, the physical and mental ability to win.

“Maybe not Roland Garros, but a Slam this year, I do see myself as prepared – I’m not afraid to say it.”

This confidence mustn’t come across as cocky though, as Alcaraz is well aware of the quality of his opponents but he feels like his time is coming.

“I know there are great players – there is (Rafael) Nadal, (Danill) Medvedev, (Stefanos) Tsitsipas, (Alexander) Zverev and (Novak) Djokovic,” he explained.

“But I feel ready to win one, although you don’t know when it might come and the same thing happens with No 1.

“I hope it arrives as soon as possible.”

Many people in the tennis world have tipped Alcaraz to be the next best thing in tennis and go on to win Grand Slams, and at the moment he looks on track to do that.

Now he’s heading into the clay season and has been warned by Alex Corretja that he must plan his schedule in order to be fit and ready for the French Open.