US Open 2022: Head, heart, lame… and calm down

US Open 2022: Head, heart, lame… and calm down

It is difficult to interpret the speed with which sport wishes to exalt youth. The same year when analysts proclaimed the immortality of Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic, and renounced the singular art of adjectives, chroniclers evoked the birth of a new era with the victory of Carlos Alcaraz at the USOpen.

His advent is undeniable. It’s a ten

is huge, aggressive. Sometimes the final felt more like a boxing match than a net match. It was a conquest with a clean racquet, perhaps without the elegance of the Big Three (the two cities and Federer), with wonderful speed.

But at the same time, his triumph serves as an example of the fine line

that separates success from failure. It seems hasty to untie a new stage when to reach a unique moment in the history of tennis – the youngest number 1 – he had to go through the trance of a match point against Sinner. The dimension of what has been obtained and the anxiety of the change of order should not lead to bad analysis because it derives from the same people who two months ago, at Wimbledon, spoke of the abandonment of several generations. A story heard for a decade.

Alcaraz flew over the strange planet of tennis

: the punishment of the Russians, the veto against the denier Djokovic, the injuries of Nadal… All these circumstances make up a moment which he knew how to take advantage of and that’s what counts. It’s a stigma that only champions have, who take no prisoners.

go your way

There are two reasons beyond the game to believe that reaching

. One is your professional circle. He has a trainer who was also number 1, who also lived with the child prodigy of the poster: Juan Carlos Ferrero. Nothing that happens will be foreign to you. Also the rest of the team, starting with Albert Molina, his manager, leads a life in it. And then there’s his family, which is to be expected, the highest praise for a star’s clan. Starting with the grandfather who taught him the ‘C’: head, heart and coj… And now, calm down.


The photo that illustrates the article corresponds to the MARCASport weekend last November in Seville. The table was called: The future is yours. In 2022,

Marcus Cooper

he was world champion;

John Ayuso

, third in the Tour of Spain and Alcaraz, as we have already said… Within a decade the true value of this image will be known. Incredible painting.

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