‘Dangerous’ Carlos Alcaraz a Wimbledon contender despite lack of practise according to top analyst
Former world number two Alex Corretja has labelled teen sensation Carlos Alcaraz as “dangerous” ahead of this year’s Wimbledon, despite the Spaniard not having played a single competitive match on grass so far this season.
Alcaraz has been one of the standout players on the ATP Tour this year, winning record-breaking titles in Rio and Miami.
His fantastic form continued into the clay court swing as he doubled his tally of titles for the year with wins in Barcelona and Madrid.
The run on clay saw him emerge as a French Open contender, however fell short at the quarter-final stage as he lost to Germany’s Alexander Zverev.
The man from Murcia has not played since his last eight defeat in Paris and is yet to make his grass court debut this season.
However, Alcaraz is expected to play the invitation event at the prestigious Hurlingham Club in London this week, with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic set to feature as well.
And With Wimbledon starting next week, former Spanish number one Alex Corretja has claimed that the number five seed Carlos Alcaraz is a danger at the upcoming Grand Slam – although he argued Alcaraz may need a favourable draw to go deep in the tournament.
Speaking to Eurosport, the two-time French Open finalist said, “I’m sure he would have loved to play a few more matches.
“I hope it’s going to be enough. On grass, it depends also if you play someone that is a specialist or not, but if he has a chance to play a couple of matches on those courts and he gets the confidence back, he’s going to be dangerous.
“I mean, Carlos, he’s so explosive that anything can happen with him.
“Carlos Alcaraz is very inspiring, he just goes with the flow. He works hard.
“I think it was good for him to stop after Roland-Garros, losing in the quarter-finals against Zverev – such a tough match – and then he took time off.
“He won Miami, he won Barcelona, he won Madrid, and all of a sudden you are at Roland-Garros like, okay, now you have to win as well.
“But no, he lost in the quarter-finals, and I believe for him it’s a learning process. On grass, he can do very well, there’s no reason why not because you need to move well, and he does.”
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