Carlos Alcaraz French Open 2022

‘There are so many players better than me on grass’ – Carlos Alcaraz plays down Wimbledon title chances

Teen sensation Carlos Alcaraz has played down his chances to win a maiden Grand Slam title at Wimbledon as he “doesn’t see” himself as a favourite for Wimbledon. 

Alcaraz has been one of the standout players on the ATP Tour this year, winning record-breaking titles in Rio and Miami.  

His 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 he fell short at the quarter-final stage losing to Germany’s Alexander Zverev. 

The man from Murcia will be hoping to replicate his clay and hard court form on the grass at SW19 this week, however he is yet to win on grass in 2022, having lost all his matches at the Giorgio Armani Classic exhibition event this week.

Reflecting on his chances to lift a maiden Grand Slam and grass-court title, Alcaraz admitted that he does not see himself as a leading contender for the title, with “many players better” than him on grass.

In an interview, the 19-year-old told reporters, “I have come here with uncertainty as to whether I was going to be able to play normally. These days that I have been able to train here I have felt quite well, zero pain in the elbow and today without any pain in the match with Tiafoe.

“The truth is that I don’t mind being in the spotlight, I don’t take it as pressure , but I’ve seen that they take me as one of the favorites for Wimbledon, but I don’t see it that way at all. There are many players who play better on grass than me. Djokovic, Rafa, Berrettini… We are going to try to gain experience on this surface.”

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