Carlos Alcaraz drawing inspiration from Wimbledon champion elite ‘Big Four’ for grass
Carlos Alcaraz has not shied away from explaining his learning process for the grass ahead of his second ever appearance at Wimbledon.
The world number seven comes into the third Slam of the season having not played since his quarter-final loss to Alexander Zverev at Roland Garros.
Of course, that means Alcaraz has not played competitively on grass since Wimbledon last summer.
He said on his preparations this year: “I trying to watch the best players train.
“[Evans] plays very well on grass.
“I’m trying to copy some things from the best.
“I always watch videos of Federer, Djokovic, Rafa, Andy (Murray) as well, trying to copy the moves and stuffs from them.”
Emulating those four men in particular should do Alcaraz some good in his grass court career.
Between them, the ‘Big Four’ have kept the lock to the Wimbledon men’s singles trophy bolted shut since 2003, with no one else taking the title in that time.
Alcaraz certainly has time to change that.
After securing his maiden ATP tour victory in early 2020 just before the Covid pandemic, Alcaraz did not get the chance to play on grass later in the season, just like every other tour pro as the surface was completely missing that year.
As such, the 19-year-old has only played two tour level matches on grass, both at Wimbledon last year.
He won his first against Yasutaka Uchiyama of Japan before losing in straight sets to current world number one Daniil Medvedev.
Tennishead asked Alcaraz what he thought of the fact that the current best player in the world, at least by ranking, is barred from competing at Wimbledon this year due to his nationality.
The Spaniard responded: “Everyone wants to see the world number one play in every tournament.
“It’s a pity to miss some of the best players in the world [here at Wimbledon].
“That’s all I can say.”
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