“I didn’t expect it at the beginning of the year,” said Carlos Alcaraz.

After the remarkable feat of 2021, Italian tennis is experiencing a new, extremely beneficial phase. Many very young tennis players are emerging between the ATP and Challenger circuits, earning very good results even in this 2022 season.

The Race to the Next Gen Atp Finals in Milan, which records a significant presence of Italian athletes, and the 31 competitors (between the main draw and qualifiers) in the upcoming US Open are the Azzurri protagonists, and the facts that support it.

Really significant figures for the movement, which at the moment wants to compete mostly against the Spaniard, who are well-represented in the top regions of the global ranking by Rafael Nadal, the current champion, and Carlos Alcaraz, a 19-year-old.

Matteo Berrettini won the titles in Stuttgart and again at Queen’s, but was unable to complete the task at Wimbledon due to a positive Covid test. Lorenzo Musetti and Jannik Sinner, on the other hand, triumphed in Hamburg and Umag, respectively, defeating the young Iberian, who is currently ranked number four in the world.

Federica Cocchi of Gazzetta dello Sport questioned Carlos Alcaraz directly on the present Italian movement: “I’ve been let down by the Italians far too often lately. Before Musetti, Berrettini, and twice Sinner.

They are all excellent athletes with quite diverse personalities. They made things quite difficult for me, while occasionally I didn’t come out on top because of minute technicalities, “He said in the interview. Then he went on: “I have to say that Jannik has shocked me the most.

I knew what I was up against and his style against Berrettini, and the same was true of Musetti. Sinner‘s behavior on the court and the degree of aggression he manages to exhibit in each exchange astonished me.”

Fourteenth in the world, Carlos Alcaraz

Carlos Alcaraz is seeded number two in a Masters 1000 for the first time in his career as a result of the combined absences of Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev. Carlos Alcaraz is currently ranked fourth in the world following an incredible first half of the season (only six defeats for six finals contested and four titles won).

A new status that he finds a little challenging to process. I grew up so quickly. I still find it astonishing and didn’t anticipate it at the beginning of the year that I would be seeded number two in a Masters 1000. And to be completely honest, I still find it hard to believe.

I desired it from the beginning of the year, but I didn’t think it was yet achievable “Carlos began by talking about his rigorous training. “I came here a few days before the event started to get accustomed to these courts and I conducted specific effort to adapt to the hard. With the top players in this room, I played points and sets.”