US Open 2022: Carlos Alcaraz, a troublemaker against monotony | Sports

US Open 2022: Carlos Alcaraz, a troublemaker against monotony | Sports

Perhaps there’s no better snapshot to capture Carlos Alcaraz’s behavior than the one taken on May 9. Thus, the tennis player had just won the Madrid Masters and two months ago he had celebrated that of Miami, and the choice for the new celebration could not be another: the balcony of his house. There, together with his father Carlos – like his grandfather, also Carlos – and his mother Virginia, he dedicated the title to the people of El Palmar, where he is still one more of the 24,000 inhabitants who reside in the district. from Murcia. Trophy in hand and screaming, the boy spontaneously thanked his compatriots, who despite the successes and the meteoric rise to the top of tennis continue to recognize him as one more. In other words, Alcaraz continues to be Carlitos today.

“A good, noble boy, without wrinkles, from here. Authentic. What you see is what you get. I don’t think that everything that happens changes his way of being too much”, transmits a person of his entourage who knows him since the athlete got up a few feet from the ground, when he was already a wiggling ass who in adolescence continued just as unruly and now the new life, the extraordinary of her career, forces her to grow up much faster than normal.” I feel like I’m the same as usually a 19-year-old boy. That’s what tennis has, but I understand it and I accept it,” he comments, who in just over a year and a half in the elite has already proven that he doesn’t hadn’t arrived on tiptoe.

Alcaraz designates the space of the elect, or so the facts say. He breaks records for precocity, lifts posh trophies and inevitably stands out in the midst of a stagnant landscape which is preparing for the big change. Little by little an era closes, the veterans step back and the three giants are supported by greatness; the design of one (Roger Federer) is unknown; that of another (Novak Djokovic) is very clear and loses in arch because of his convictions; and that of the third (Rafael Nadal) remains to be seen, as he is torn between the dichotomy of continuing to punish his body (and winning) or definitively focusing on safeguarding well-being for tomorrow.

For years, tennis has demanded a boom, a twist, a subversive element that would alter the established order. And he seems to have found it in the impetuous Alcaraz, a revolutionary element, an unrestrained troublemaker who stands out among the plain that the current game record offers. Versus pim-pam-pum now, the one to whom tomorrow is irretrievably destined, he appears and his eclectic and dynamic style which has a bit of everything, punch, determination, audacity and imagination, also resilience; in front of the towers, the mallets and the resolution of the three or four shot point of the majority of young people who settle in the circuit or those who have already made a hole in themselves, his proposal has a transgressive connotation.

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“In terms of creativity, it’s the best,” praises the Croatian Marin Cilic. “When I see him play, I forget his age. Since he beat Tsitsipas [el curso pasado en Nueva York] I watch your matches. It generates a lot of expectations, and it’s realizing something that hasn’t happened for a long time”, adds the Japanese Naomi Osaka. “Today he is the best,” German Alexander Zverev said in May. “It’s a great boost for tennis,” added American John McEnroe.

And the Swede Mats Wilander had an impact these days on the Eurosport channel: “I think he is the fastest player I have ever seen. He is creative, has the forehand and backhand and is able to hit the ball with a continental grip. [con la raqueta recta, requiere de mucha fuerza en la muñeca]. In short, there is everything. »

Not so long ago, the rectors of the ATP – the body that runs the men’s circuit – racked their brains thinking about the the following day. Without Federer, Nadal and Djokovic on the pitch, the attractiveness of their sport will suffer drastically and, hand in hand, the ability to attract sponsors and maintain airplay will diminish. However, now they breathe a little easier, given that after seeing how one project after another of potential figures remained halfway through and hadn’t finished taking the leap to stardom – lacking in charisma in many cases – Alcaraz emerges as a vein in all respects: tennis and propaganda.

a tired generation

Medvedev, Zverev, Tsitsipas or Thiem have come up against the greatness of the three goalkeepers time and time again and in some cases they are rather clueless. They scraped off what they could (or what was left), and there aren’t a few voices that speak of a rather lost middle generation. Tired and worn. In the opposite direction, the disciplined Alcaraz accelerates, applauded for his game and also for his work ethic.

For sample, his body. In barely a year and a half, the physical transformation is more than obvious and even striking: Carlitos is nothing. A Conan In all the rules. Unlike other talents, his attitude and mannerisms constantly refer to a desire to improve, and his words come with appetite, evolution, and data. Victories and trophies.

Alcaraz is unanimous. The circuit mates point to him and the fan recognizes him as a troublemaker who arrived just when he was needed. Spanish is a refreshing breath: young, daring, without vices. And revolutionary. He did not knock on the door to enter. Succeed naturally. He goes with everything Carlitos, true to his plan: to blow everything up. “It’s crazy,” sums up a member of his team. “If I work hard, I think I can reach the top. My dream is to be number one and for that I train to the maximum every day”, he said a few years ago, when he had not yet hatched. But he has done, my boy did. Against monotony, the best antidote: the insurrection of Alcaraz.


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Between now and the end of the year, Alcaraz will focus on two main objectives: the Davis Cup and the Masters Cup. The Murcian is among those called up to play the group stage this week with the Spanish team in Valencia, and if Bruguera’s men manage to qualify for the final phase, they will face off from November 23 to 27 in Málaga. It remains to be seen, however, if he finally attends the rendezvous in the next few days and if he does, to what extent he participates.

Meanwhile, the Murcian will play for the first time the Masters which brings together the eight best of the season; It will be from November 13 to 20 in Turin. It should be remembered that because of his age, it would be up to him to play the one with the promises. Last year, the Spaniard already conquered the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, but he already made the event feel too small for his tennis.

Apart from these two events, his theoretical roadmap includes the Astana Open (Kazakhstan, October 3-9), Basel (October 24-30) and the Paris-Bercy Masters 1000 (October 31-November 6). .

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