Carlos Alcaraz is poised to make 2023 his year
Carlos Alcaraz is poised to make 2023 his year according to former WTA No 1 Chris Evert.
Evert believes that Alcaraz displays no clear weaknesses.
She feels his opponent’s need to pray that he is having an off day.
Alcaraz has been brilliant across the clay court season and improved to 30-2 for the term with a second round win in Rome this weekend.
Evert believes that he will enjoy many weeks at No 1.
“I don’t know how he can improve anymore,” Evert told Eurosport.
“The beauty of his game is that he has no weaknesses whatsoever for any of his opponents to have a chance unless he’s having a bad day.
“Other top players in the past, they’ve been brilliant, but you always felt like there was some sort of weakness in their game or something they could really magnify and bring out.
“Carlos, the way he is defensively, and the way he is offensively, no other player can do those two aspects as well as he can.
“He is the best mover on the ATP Tour by far, I think. He has the mental component as well, which is confidence – he thinks he should win any match that he plays, and he has sheer passion and delight every time he hits a ball. He’s just very creative and he adapts very well.”
Evert believes that only he can halt his momentum if he does things outside his wheelhouse, and more Grand Slams await.
“I think this is definitely going to be his year,” Evert said.
“I don’t see how it can’t be unless he gets injured. I have high expectations. Some majors, maybe more than one, and maybe some good rivalries will come out of the men’s side as well.
“I want to say he is the epitome of what an athlete should be, with the qualities, and the tool-set. He was born to be a champion. He was born to be brilliant in the field of tennis, and he’s got the tool-set as well as the championship intangible qualities like focus, hunger and passion.
“I just think if he stays the course and doesn’t try to get too over the top with his creativity and with his imagination if he just stays the course and carries on that momentum that we just saw at Indian Wells, I think he is the number one in the world right now. He is going to win multiple majors.”
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