Carlos Alcaraz, 19, admitted there were things that he needed to sacrifice in order to be where he is today.
Alcaraz, who has had a stunning rise to the top of the game, is now a Grand Slam champion and the youngest No 1 in tennis history.
“Well, I could say I couldn’t hang out with my friends as much as I wanted. You know, sometimes your friends tell me to go out, I mean, so late or I had to come back home earlier than my friends probably some the reasons that I gave up,” Alcaraz said, per Sportskeeda.
While there were some things that Alcaraz needed to sacrifice, there were also certain things that didn’t require any sacrifice.
“I had the luck to didn’t sacrifice some things at all. You know, I enjoy my time with my friends, but, I mean, I had to train really hard, I mean, with my team, my people, you know. But I would say I didn’t sacrifice some things at all,” Alcaraz added.
Alcaraz on being No 1
Nearly two months have passed since Alcaraz defeated Casper Ruud in the US Open final to become a Grand Slam champion and become the youngest No 1 in tennis history.
Alcaraz admits being No 1 is great but underlined that ranking doesn’t win him matches or titles.
“It’s a great feeling, you know, to let’s say in a little part to feel the best player in the world. On this, it’s a number. For me, it’s just a number. It’s just a ranking. Obviously it doesn’t mean that you’re gonna win every match, every tournament. You know, every player can beat you. I see like that, you know, right now. I just feel I can lose every match, and that’s the most important thing. You have to play your best match in every match or at least you have to try to play the best level in every match. That’s what I see in that moment right now,” Alcaraz explained.