The 19-year-old has established himself as probably the most thrilling younger expertise within the males’s sport over the previous couple of seasons and has already received 4 ATP Tour titles this 12 months, three on clay and one on grass.
He went into the French Open because the main challenger to Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic however was crushed by Alexander Zverev within the quarter-finals.
Carlos Alcaraz feels this 12 months is simply too quickly for him to problem for the Wimbledon title.
A proper elbow downside them noticed him pull out of the cinch Championships at Queen’s Membership, and it was closely strapped as Alcaraz performed his first match on grass on the exhibition Giorgio Armani Tennis Traditional on the Hurlingham Membership on Thursday.
Alcaraz was crushed 6-4 6-2 by highly effective American Frances Tiafoe however gave a constructive replace on his health.
Relating to the strapping, the Spaniard stated: “It’s only for precaution. A few weeks in the past I had the issues, I couldn’t practice effectively. I skilled a few occasions at Wimbledon with out ache, right here I felt effectively.
“The primary match on grass is rarely simple however I had enjoyable on the market. After all I’ve extra coaching forward, a match on Saturday right here as effectively to prepare and to get 100 per cent for Wimbledon.”
Alcaraz will probably be seeded fifth for Wimbledon however, together with third seed Casper Ruud and fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, falls into the class of gamers for whom grass is to date one thing of a overseas floor.
Alcaraz performed Wimbledon for the primary time final summer season, dropping comfortably within the second spherical to Daniil Medvedev.
Requested if he may very well be a contender on grass, Alcaraz stated: “I hope so however I don’t assume this 12 months it’s going to be my floor. For certain sooner or later I can play fairly good on this floor if I play tournaments earlier than Wimbledon and I believe I’ll really feel snug taking part in on this floor.”
Alcaraz has been having fun with his time in London, together with assembly up with Tottenham defender Sergio Reguilon.
“He’s a buddy of mine,” stated Alcaraz. “He informed me he’s going to attempt to watch my match. He’s supporter.”
French Open runner-up Ruud was additionally in motion at Hurlingham on Thursday and the Norwegian was crushed by Belgian Zizou Bergs, who earned a Wimbledon wild card by profitable the second-tier Challenger occasion in Ilkley final week.
Ruud has made no secret of his dislike for grass, saying earlier this season it was a floor for golfers and that he was going to organize for Wimbledon by taking part in golf.
He misplaced his first match at Queen’s Membership to Britain’s Ryan Peniston final week earlier than jetting off to Italy for a break previous to his conflict at Hurlingham.