One of many issues that units Carlos Alcaraz aside is the truth that he has all the time been an open ebook when discussing his hopes and desires on the earth of tennis, although they’re loftier than most. The Spaniard, who used to shout from the rooftops that his want was to be the No. 1 participant on the earth, achieved his aim on 12 September when he received the US Open.
However being the youngest No. 1 within the historical past of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings just isn’t sufficient. Now that he has reached the highest of the mountain, Alcaraz intends to remain there.
Nevertheless, that’s not his solely aim for this season; he additionally has his sights set on the Nitto ATP Finals, the event that brings collectively the very best gamers of 2022 in Turin, from 13 to twenty November.
“Considered one of my objectives is to complete [the year] as No. 1,” mentioned Alcaraz, who has equalled Carlos Moyà’s two-week stint on the prime of the pile. “Now that I’ve bought there, my aim is to remain as many days, weeks and months as attainable. We’re going to work for that.”
His coach, Juan Carlos Ferrero, is on board with that message. “It has been seven lengthy and difficult weeks on tour. It’s time to relaxation a bit and recharge batteries for what’s but to return. [Maintaining No. 1️] till the tip of the 12 months might be a complete new problem. We’ll combat for it!” he wrote on his private Instagram account.
Alcaraz is following within the footsteps of Ferrero. After successful a Grand Slam — Roland Garros in 2003 — he climbed to the highest of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings following a run to the US Open closing. Now Alcaraz is chasing a a title on the Nitto ATP Finals, a feat that the Valencian got here so near in 2002 (l. to Lleyton Hewitt within the closing) and which solely two Spaniards have achieved (Manuel Orantes, 1976; Álex Corretja, 1998).
“I’ve a number of tournaments earlier than the [Nitto] ATP Finals and we’re going to present it our all,” mentioned Alcaraz. “I’ve a number of necessary tournaments and one aim is to try to win the [Nitto] ATP Finals.” Alcaraz already has a assured place on the season finale, as does Rafael Nadal. The 2 Spaniards are the one males who’ve secured their tickets to Turin.
Nevertheless, there are nonetheless a number of months of competitors to go and essentially the most speedy concern is taking a brief break.
“I wish to take just a few days to not take into consideration tennis, simply take pleasure in being with my folks, my buddies and my household,” the Murcia native mentioned. “Proper now, I wish to try to be a standard man and be with my buddies, which is what I really feel like doing most.”
As soon as that break is over, he’ll expertise one thing new, taking to courtroom on the ATP Tour as the very best participant on the earth in accordance with the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.
“After I’m alone on courtroom, we’ll see how I deal with the strain of being the World No. 1, however I’m going to strive not to consider it and luxuriate in myself on courtroom.”
Lastly, the 19-year-old Spaniard revealed that his intention is to maintain doing what he has been doing, regardless of his latest success.
“You’re a sure means earlier than you attain No. 1 and turn into a Grand Slam champion, so why change that?” Alcaraz questioned. “It’s a must to do what you could have been doing, really feel comfy with what you do, take pleasure in your self, be completely satisfied on courtroom, play tennis — and that’s what I’m going to do. That’s the key for me. To try to neglect every part else and luxuriate in taking part in tennis.”