The Australian Open, the first illustrious Grand Slam of the 2023 campaign, is about to officially begin. There is eager anticipation for the Melbourne tournament’s formal start to see who will be the heavy favorites to challenge Rafael Nadal, the reigning champion from Spain, for the championship.
The tournament may potentially determine who holds the top spot in the ATP world rankings, as Carlos Alcaraz of Spain withdrew after suffering a serious training injury that required him to take yet another hiatus.
right before the Nitto ATP Finals at the end of 2022, after a physical issue. John McEnroe, a former American tennis player, offered his thoughts on the competition over the Eurosport microphones. The seven-time Grand Slam champion, who only skips the Australian Open in addition to Roland Garros, offered his predictions for the 19-year-old superstar in the upcoming year: “It will be a true test in 2023.
He is a nice guy who draws people to him with his tennis skills. When I was younger, I did not experience the same issue. I thought those were the most enjoyable years because I relished the battle to the top. Everyone wants to defeat you when you’re the best, so you have to adopt a completely new mindset—and not just with the other players you play with.
A victory over Alcaraz is now much more prestigious for anyone than it was a year ago “he said, quoting the American. Then he emphasized: “Getting there is one thing; maintaining that level is quite another. Djokovic, Nadal, and Federer were exceptional because they were able to enhance one another and keep doing it.
They outperformed everyone, including myself and all the other guys I’ve seen play, in my opinion “he continued.
Shang Juncheng honors Alcaraz
According to Shang Juncheng, the World No. 1 and US Open champion Carlos Alcaraz is someone he looks up to and finds motivating. “Yes, after hearing this, I do believe it to be a significant accomplishment. Carlos is one of, if not the finest player in the world right now, in my opinion. He encourages me and the younger players merely by playing on the court, in my opinion.
It’s therefore really special for me to do this “said Juncheng. “Playing in my first Grand Slam, I believe generally this entire week was new for me. Every day I was pretty apprehensive to step onto the court. I’m just very excited to be on the court and everything is a learning experience for me, but at the same time, it’s one of the best moments I’ve had in my career thus far. Just being here makes me very pleased “Added he.