In an age where tennis players often work out their frustration by breaking their own racket, it’s hard to see new talent going in a different direction. But there is always the exception to the rule, and that happens, at least for now, with the Spanish Carlos Alcaraz.
The youthful tennis player has come to the ATP circuit with great force, and at just 19 years of age he already knows what it is to win a Grand Slam title and be number one in the world. But how is it that he manages to maintain his composure on the track? “I was a player, when I was little, who got very frustrated.
It is true that in my professional career I have broken very few or no rackets, but when I was little I was a player who threw the racket a lot. I realized that you don’t get anywhere with that. You have to control yourself. I have always said that you play against yourself first and then against your rival; If you don’t control yourself, you won’t be able to win the match”, commented the second in the ATP ranking.
“I take it that way. Breaking the racket doesn’t help much, or so I think. I try to control myself in each game and at each moment: that helps you to continue well in the game and try to come back. I think that throwing the racket, nowadays, is not very useful”, added the Murcian.
Much of that credit comes courtesy of Spanish coach Juan Carlos Ferrero, who has served as a mentor to this great generational talent. And boy did it work. Do you think there should be a strong punishment for players who break their racket on the court? The former world No.
1 beat compatriot Bernabe Zapata Miralles 6-2, 6-2 in Friday’s semi-final contest.
Alcaraz is very happy
Carlos Alcaraz further highlighted the importance of reaching the final of the 2023 Argentina Open. “It’s a really special moment for me,” Alcaraz said after the semi-final, as per ATP.
“I was a little bit down after the injury, so I had to recover in those four months the confidence and the rhythm. Coming back for my first tournament of 2023 and making the final is so special for me.” Alcaraz and Norrie have faced each other four times on tour so far, with Alcaraz holding a 3-1 lead in their head-to-head record.