Why is there great concern for Carlos Alcaraz to play at Wimbledon?

     “I don’t have much experience on grass, but I felt comfortable at Wimbledon in 2021…” the ATP’s 7th ranked Carlos Alcaraz said honestly. He doesn’t want to overdue things and rather save his energies for the real event. At 19, the Spanish teen has a lot on his racquet and will deal with situations one thing at a time. Carlos has an elbow injury and doesn’t want to re-injury or overwork himself before Wimbledon. This being the reason for his withdrawal from the Queen’s Club Championship where he would have been the highest ranked player. 

     Carlos Alcaraz has worked hard and long to get to the top 10 with his contemporaries. He’s won his first ATP 500 title, his first ATP 1000 in Rome and his first French Open quarterfinal. He’s only played on grass twice: Last Wimbledon 2021 where he made his debut, winning over a qualifier and then the second round against Daniil Medvedev where he was defeated. Alcaraz’s first title came last year at the Croatian Open against the veteran Richard Gasquet who he overturned in two straight sets.

     This season Carlos defeated top leaders in the ATP field:  Matteo Berrettini in five difficult sets at the Australian Open. He has also won 3 titles: The Miami Open from Casper Ruud, the Barcelona Open against Pablo Carreno Busta and the Madrid crown against Alexander Zverev. He had taken down first Rafael Nadal, then Novak Djokovic on his climb to the final round. “It’s a spectacular feeling…” Carlos beamed with pleasure and accomplishment after winning Madrid.

     Despite not reaching the Roland Garros final, the teen was instrumental in sharpening his craft winning over big hitters as Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Sebastian Korda and Karen Khachanov. After his success over Korda he was emotional saying “I am very proud…I am so grateful to play in front of such a fun crowd…” He enjoyed his grand performance at the Philippe-Chartrier stadium where he received a flow of vocal support throughout the match. 

     But onto another grand slam with the highest reputation is Wimbledon. Carlos won’t be coming into the grassy courts with a lot of playing on his racquet, but he’s filled with confidence that he will leave it all out there on the competitive grounds as he always does. The young Spaniard remains humble after defeating Nadal and then Djokovic. The match with the Serb gave him more trouble and he had to admit that “It was so close…He had the chances to break my serve…Honestly, I don’t know what made the difference.”

     Carlos Alcaraz will have to pull out his top game and be able to hit that one last ball for a winner if he’s to go deep into the Wimbledon spectrum. He has the faith in his game and will be expected to play aggressive. If he stays consistent, Wimbledon will be a great event for not only Alcaraz’s opponent, but for the Spanish teen trying to win his first grand slam.