Carlos Alcaraz shares his Grand Slam goal for 2024 season
Carlos Alcaraz has revealed his goal for the 2024 season is to play all four Grand Slam tournaments, having missed the Australian Open at the start of this year.
The world No 2 also divulged he is happy with the level he is performing at and with his results in 2023 so far, while outlining his intention to “finish it as well as it started.”
Alcaraz has won six titles – including a maiden Wimbledon crown and two ATP Masters 1000 events – during a stellar campaign to date. The two-time Grand Slam winner holds a superb 58-7 (89.2%) overall win-loss record in 2023.
The Spaniard missed the first month of the season, including the year’s opening major in Melbourne, due to a hamstring injury. He returned in February to play his first event at the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires – where he won the ATP 250 tournament.
The 20-year-old is set to make his debut at the China Open in Beijing this week, where he is the top seed. The Murcian will play qualifier Yannick Hanfmann in the opening round of the ATP 500 tournament.
Speaking to the media in Beijing ahead of his first appearance since the US Open earlier this month, Alcaraz discussed some of his goals for the rest of this year and next season.
“Next year I will try to play the four Grand Slams, I hope not to miss any of them. I will try to do the same things I am doing this year, I could be more than happy if at this point I won the same tournaments that I have won this season, I am happy with my results in 2023 so far,” said the world No 2.
“That is my goal for the next season, it is obvious. Right now I am happy with the level at which I am playing, with the results obtained so far. The year is not over, there are still a few tournaments ahead, so I hope to finish it as well as it started.”
Alcaraz withdrew from Spain’s Davis Cup Finals group stage matches the week after his defeat to Daniil Medvedev in the semi-finals of the US Open.
World No 1 Novak Djokovic, who competed for Serbia at the team competition following his US Open triumph, defended his young rival for his decision.
“It’s important to understand he’s got a lot of time ahead of him. He already played for Spain last year, you can’t forget that he won the US Open last year and after a few days he was here playing for his heart and his passion for his country,” asserted the 36-year-old.
“I have skipped the Davis Cup several times, I know the backlash and reaction from my country was not so great and there’s a lot of negativity when you skip playing for your country.
“It’s difficult to always be perfect and always available. We’re part of an individual sport, you represent your country but also yourself and there are a lot of tournaments, and he has played a lot.
“Even though he’s 20 years old, it doesn’t mean he’s a Superman. He needs to rest as well. It’s better for us, the Serbian team that he’s not here, honestly, but I’m sure he’ll be back and bring a lot of joy to Spain.”
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