WATCH: Carlos Alcaraz practicing ahead of the Barcelona Open
Look out, Carlos Alcaraz fans, your beloved Spaniard is back on the court and ready to return to action at the Barcelona Open. The 19-year-old was seen practicing on a court in Barcelona, preparing to make his return to the tennis stage.
Alcaraz, who is ranked No 2 in the world, missed out on the recent Monte Carlo Masters tournament after being ruled out for post-traumatic arthritis in his left hand, as well as some muscular discomfort in his spine.
The young star recently shared his eagerness to play in the Barcelona Open and believes that he will be out in full swing when the tournament arrives.
“At the moment I have had two training sessions, with Denis Shapovalov and Casper Ruud, and they have gone very well. I need to pick up the pace, play points. There are still a few days left, but for now, I’m doing well.” said Alcaraz
The Spaniard is not only a competitor in the Barcelona tournament but also the defending champion, having won the title last year. The rising star claimed the title after a 6-3, 6-2 win over fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta.
Alcaraz is set to begin his push for his second Barcelona Open title in the round of 32 on Tuesday. The young star is set to face the winner of the Ilya Ivashka vs. Nuno Borges’ round of 64 match, which will take place tomorrow.
However, Alcaraz has recently voiced his feelings about playing in the upcoming tournament, stating that he will focus on everything except defending the title—a good attitude toward his mental strength, which could help the star deal with the pressure.
“Since last year I have improved a lot on the mental level, especially on the court. I feel like I read the game better, and that helps me turn things around when things aren’t going well. I always say that tennis is very mental, and that’s where I see my leap,” said Alcaraz.
The rising star was recently seen practicing in Barcelona ahead of the tournament, and his expression tells us all we need to know about his eagerness to compete.
“I love playing in Barcelona, I have very good memories, not only from last year, but also as a child. I’m going to try to avoid the pressure of being a favourite and go out on the court to enjoy. I will think of everything except defending the title.” said Alcaraz.
An exciting Open awaits the fans, with their wunderkind looking to impress the viewers.
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