‘He’s got the whole package’, tennis legend Chris Evert backs Carlos Alcaraz to win ‘double-digit’ Grand Slams FirstSportz

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Carlos Alcaraz and Chris Evert

Tennis legend Chris Evert believes Carlos Alcaraz, an 18-year-old Spaniard, has the potential to win “binary” Grand Slams.

Carlos Alcaraz made Miami Open history by becoming the youngest winner of the tournamentdefeating the sixth seed Kasper Ruud in the final 7-5 6-4. He is that too third youngest Masters 1000 champion in history after winning the tournament in an hour and 52 minutes and living up to his bill as one of the most intriguing young players on the tour.

Only two men have won titles at this level at a younger age: Michael Chang, who won Toronto in 1990 at the age of 18 years and five months, and Rafael Nadal, who won Monte Carlo in 2005 at the age of 18 years and ten months. Losing just one set en route to his title in Miami, Alcaraz will now compete on his favorite clay surface, encouraged by his best success yet.

“There’s just nothing stopping him from my mind” – Chris Evert

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Chris Evert

In an interview with Eurosport, the 18-time Grand Slam winner revealed, “He’s got the whole package and I know I’m just sounding like everyone else when I say he’s going to win multiple Grand Slams, but he could be in double digits at Grand Slams and become No. 1. There’s just nothing stopping him in my eyes.”

Alcaraz Strength, along with subtleties of his gamedistinguishes him as a player capable of competing at the highest level of the sport, according to Evert. “It’s just interesting how physical tennis is now – especially in the men’s game, that a teenager – I mean, would we ever expect to see an 18-year-old with the physicality and tools that are so advanced in the men’s game?”

Chris Evert also supported them 18-year-old to meet his own expectations of winning a Grand Slam Better sooner than later. “I think having that inner confidence and belief in yourself is the quality of a champion and nothing but a good thing; because if he didn’t have that, he could have doubts in his head that would prevent him from winning a Grand Slam. All the great champions that had longevity—like [Roger] springer, [Rafael] Nadal, Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf – have that belief and I think it’s innate and I wouldn’t expect anything less. I think that’s one of the intangibles of a champion. We all see the tangible things like the power and the control and the shot production.”

According to Evert, Alcaraz – who holds one 18-2 win-loss record this season before the clay swing – sent a message to his colleagues on and off the pitch with declarations of intent: “And by believing in himself and saying it openly, he sent a message to other players: ‘I feel like I belong here and I’m going to achieve a lot of things and you won’t stop me.'”

Carlos Alcaraz becomes the youngest men’s singles champion at the Miami Open

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Carlo Alcaraz

This made the Spaniard, who is just a month shy of his 19th birthday, the second youngest finalist behind Rafael Nadal in 2005, who was around a month younger than Alcaraz now, despite Nadal losing to Roger Federer in the championship clash. The young Spaniard was also the youngest champion in Miami Open historyNovak Djokovic finished 19th when he won the tournament for the first time, then the NASDAQ-100 Open – and took off $1,231,245 for the win and almost doubled his career earnings with a check.

Despite this, Alcaraz will now be there due to his victory in Miami ranked 11th in the world, just outside the top ten. He has set a goal of breaking the world top 15 for the 2022 season by the end of the year, but he has already surpassed it after just four months.

also read: ‘Carlos Alcaraz will be an incredible player’, former world No. 2 Alex Corretja amazed at the youngster’s development ‘He’s got the whole package’, tennis legend Chris Evert backs Carlos Alcaraz to win ‘double-digit’ Grand Slams FirstSportz

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