Lorenzo Musetti disclosed that he arrived in Hamburg without his belongings and that he also had food poisoning. Musetti, who had failed to make the Hamburg main draw cut, was scheduled to participate in the qualifying test but was instead drawn into the main draw immediately after a player withdrew.
Musetti had two additional days to retrieve his rackets since he was exempt from the qualifying event, but he subsequently had food poisoning. Musetti’s campaign, which appeared destined to finish in failure, ended with the best run of his career after he advanced to the Hamburg final, where he defeated Carlos Alcaraz to earn his first ATP championship.
Musetti told the ATP website, “I arrived here on Thursday from Bastad and with all the strikes, one of my luggage [bags] went missing. “Since I had the rackets and I was still in qualifying, I was a little concerned about how I was going to play.
I was able to receive the rackets once I entered [the main draw]. I vomited nonstop the evening before the games. I had food poisoning, which made me feel a little queasy. I’m pleased that my luck in this tournament has shifted because I didn’t anticipate it to go this far.
Musetti, who was the ATP champion going into this week, is currently ranked at a career-high number 31 in the world. Musetti called winning his maiden ATP title, which he achieved by defeating fifth-placed Alcaraz in the final, a “dream.”
“To me, it’s a fantasy. Naturally, I’ve always wished to be a champion, and I never stood a chance before,” Musetti continued.
Alcaraz Carlos is prepared
Carlos Alcaraz, who received a bye in the first round, will make his debut this Thursday against Nicolas Gombos in the round of 16 at Umag, where he defends the first championship of his career (he now has 5).
A few days after losing the final against Lorenzo Musetti in Hamburg, the Spanish player opened up about his mental state before the match. “I have fully recovered from what occurred in Hamburg both physically and mentally, and I feel prepared to defend my title in Umag.
I enjoy coming here because of the fantastic atmosphere, the opportunity to unwind for a few days, and the opportunity to try new things like jet skiing. I gave this vow to show up a lot of thought, and happily this year I was able to honor it.
I’m not sure if I’ll keep that pledge the next year; first, I want to win the competition.