Carlos Alcaraz will make his debut this season on the Australian Open with out having performed in any match earlier than this.
Three of the highest 4 gamers within the rating have opted for a similar formulation. The one one who made his official debut was Novak Djokovic on the United Cup, Jannik Sinner took half within the Kooyong Traditional exhibition the week earlier than the primary main and Daniil Medvedev took half within the Abu Dhabi World Tennis League in December.
Within the case of Alcaraz he performed 5 friendlies. With Tommy Paul on November 29 in Mexico; a second with Djokovic in Riyadh on December 27; a day later towards Roberto Bautista in Murcia and already in Melbourne with Alex De Minaur and Casper Ruud.
Alcaraz, who lowered the facility of his pictures within the ultimate a part of 2023, has had a preseason working beneath a premise “consistency with out shedding ball velocity”.
Within the final version of Paris-Bercy, within the match he misplaced within the second spherical to Russia’s Roman Safiullin, the typical of his forehand was 120 kilometers per hour and that of his backhand 110. In his debut in Turin these data went down: forehand 117 and backhand 106.
Within the TMS Shanghai match towards Grigor Dimitrov, the typical backhand velocity dropped to 101 kilometers per hour. The tennis participant, after a trip in California, began his preparation on December 8 and didn’t cease for Christmas.
After a primary week devoted solely to the bodily side, with the supervision of his coach Alberto Lledo, it was on December 15 when he stepped on the court docket once more to wield a racket.
“We educated for about an hour and 1 / 4,” recollects Antonio Martinez Cascales, one of many three coaches who supervised his coaching, together with Juan Carlos Ferrero, out of Australia on account of a knee arthroscopy, and Samuel Lopez, current within the capital of Victoria.
“We’ve got labored quite a bit on the serve and the remainder,” he says. Alcaraz just isn’t missing in velocity: on the Mutua Madrid Open he served at 227 kilometers per hour. It is extra a matter of share and techniques: “The open serves to the forehand ought to be shorter as a result of it opens up the court docket extra. We assist ourselves with marks and we have a look at the second bounce. We additionally attempt to enhance the share with out shedding velocity. It was not a query of hitting 5 however many in a row”.
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The quantity two participant’s crew has taken as a reference the ATP Finals in Turin the place he was one of the best of the eight contributors when serving. In the remainder of the match, particular emphasis has been positioned on “hitting quite a lot of good serves in a row and being extra constant”.
Inside his baseline recreation he has reaffirmed the weapon of the sliced backhand, which is so helpful on surfaces such because the grass at Wimbledon.
Samuel Lopez reaffirms that “we’ve got labored within the line that Juan Carlos needed. Each within the serve and the remainder, within the first pictures, in going ahead…”.
The 2-time main champion is conscious that he should polish himself each on and off the court docket: “Everybody can enhance each on and off the court docket and I am not excellent. There have been particular issues to enhance. I am 20 years outdated and I am absent-minded, punctuality, order…”.
The brand new model of Alcaraz could have the primary take a look at this Tuesday with Richard Gasquet within the main of the Antipodes. The veteran French tennis participant brings again good reminiscences to the younger participant from El Palmar. The one precedent between the 2 was within the ultimate of Umag, in 2021. It meant the primary of his 12 titles.