Rick Macci counters Boris Becker’s assessment of Carlos Alcaraz

Coach Macci disputes Becker's claim of Carlos Alcaraz's stagnation, believing setbacks will fuel the young talent's growth.

Rick Macci Counters Boris Becker's Assessment Of Carlos Alcaraz

Carlos Alcaraz, the rising tennis sensation from Spain, has captured global attention with his remarkable journey in the world of professional tennis. After an outstanding breakthrough season in 2022 that witnessed him clinch the US Open and culminate the year as the No. 1 player, Alcaraz continued his momentum by securing the prestigious Wimbledon title in the following year, albeit finishing as the runner-up to Djokovic in the rankings.

Throughout the course of 2023, the Spaniard showcased his prowess by claiming victory in six tournaments. However, notably, none of these triumphs occurred subsequent to his epic Wimbledon final win over Djokovic. Despite what some have labeled a ‘slump’ during the latter half of the year, esteemed coach Macci, known for mentoring tennis luminaries such as Venus and Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Andy Roddick, holds a steadfast belief in Alcaraz’s potential to vie for all major titles in the upcoming season.

In an interview with Tennis Infinity, Macci highlighted Alcaraz’s exceptional abilities, emphasizing the uniqueness he brings to the sport. Referring to Alcaraz’s unprecedented success at Wimbledon despite limited experience on grass courts, Macci asserted the Spaniard’s greatness, underlining the fact that Alcaraz, at a mere 20 years old, is a force to be reckoned with in the tennis realm. Acknowledging the fluctuations inherent in a player’s journey, Macci reiterated his conviction in Alcaraz’s continuous improvement, especially when considering his performance in the latter part of the season.

However, differing opinions emerged regarding Alcaraz’s recent form, with former world No. 1 Boris Becker suggesting stagnation in his development. Disputing this perspective, Macci offered a contrasting viewpoint, noting that Alcaraz’s recent results might not accurately depict his progress. Macci attributed some performance fluctuations to potential injuries, observing a slight dip in Alcaraz’s mobility and confidence on the court. Yet, he remained optimistic, asserting that these challenges could serve as catalysts for the young player’s mental fortitude and overall game enhancement.

In response to Becker’s comments about Alcaraz not showing improvement, Macci respectfully disagreed, asserting that setbacks and losses often contribute significantly to a player’s growth. He believes that Alcaraz will be motivated to strengthen his mental resilience and solidify his skills, setting the stage for an even more remarkable performance in the future.

In conclusion, despite a perceived decline in the latter part of the season, Carlos Alcaraz continues to garner support and belief from within the tennis fraternity. With his remarkable talent, unwavering determination, and room for growth, the tennis world eagerly awaits the unfolding chapters of Alcaraz’s promising career.

Carlos Alcaraz in 2023

Carlos Alcaraz

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20 year old
2024 Highlights

Ranked world no.2, the Spaniard played his last match on the 18th of November when he was defeated by world no.1 Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-2 in the semifinal in the Nitto ATP Finals (draw).

At present, during this year Alcaraz has managed to achieve an overall 65-12 match record. Carlos clinched 6 titles in 2023 in Buenos Aires, Indian Wells, Barcelona, Madrid, London and Wimbledon. Alcaraz got to the final in Rio de Janeiro and Cincinnati.

the Nitto ATP Finals
Alcaraz's Record