As of today, Carlos Alcaraz is preparing for the Hamburg title run. The Spaniard has already won two tournaments this year on the red carpet: the 500 in Rio de Janeiro and the 1000 in Madrid, where he defeated Alexander Zverev in the final after a grueling semi-final against Novak Djokovic.
In his press conference prior to his debut against Germany’s Khun, he discussed his relationship with fans and the lessons he is learning from coach Ferrero. “In order to be a great athlete, I want to first be a decent person, and this is what is most important to me right now. It makes me happy to see young people looking at me and viewing me as an example.”- debuts the 19-year-old from Murcia.
It’s something I used to do as a kid, so now I try to make time for everyone who asks for a signature or a photo with me.”
Amidst the backhands and the stress
What he is learning from his own coach Ferrero.
“Without a doubt, the backhand.
To retain the same level of focus for two hours, he taught me how to do the same thing he did. In terms of drop shots, I’ve had this ability since I was a youngster; I’ve always enjoyed it.”
Alcaraz demonstrates that he is capable of handling pressure.
“I know what I want to do, and I don’t give too much thought to external pressure. Every game is an opportunity for me to improve, learn, and develop confidence.
Instead of worrying about what other people think of my performance, I play for the enjoyment of myself, my teammates, and my family. I pushed it to the back burner.” The excellent Spaniard, who won two 1000s this year in Miami and Madrid, said this.
As he begins his own event at the Hamburg 500, the brilliant Iberian tennis player versus Khun will aim to win and bring home his third clay-court title of the season.