Tracy Austin praised Carlos Alcaraz’s skills, especially his champion mentality, acquired at a young age.
Tracy, former WTA world no.1, analyzed: “A small champion like Carlos Alcaraz is not thinking about defending the title. He is now a top 5 in all respects and thinks accordingly. Defending the title or not in Umag doesn’t have everything.
Carlos already has a champion mentality, he wants to take the field and raise his level of play, regardless of who is on the other side of the net. He didn’t come to Umag just because he felt he had to defend the crown.”
In the press conference, Alcaraz admitted that he still had to improve a lot: “To win a Grand Slam I have to take another step from a mental point of view. I have to be ready to play 4-5 hours straight at a very high level. In all the games I’ve lost in the majors this year, I’ve had a terrible start and struggled to handle the pressure. It’s not easy to keep the same intensity for five sets. “
Alcaraz ready for the US hard-court season
Carlos Alcaraz offered a truly amazing performance in this first part of the season. The very young Spaniard won the Masters 1000 in Miami and Madrid in 2022, as well as having won the ATP 500 in Rio and Barcelona.
He still lacks the flicker in a Grand Slam, but it is clear to everyone that we are facing a predestined one. According to many experts, Juan Carlos Ferrero’s protégé will be the new ruler of the men’s circuit. Recall that Carlos has already taken off the whim of beating both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, in Madrid, proving that he is not afraid of confrontation with anyone.
By beating Norbert Gombos on Thursday in Umag, the new world number 5 scored his 40th win of the season. The 19-year-old from Murcia wants to defend the title in Croatia, also to redeem the defeat he suffered in the final in Hamburg last week. After this short campaign on clay-courts, Alcaraz will return home and start preparing for the American Masters 1000.