ATP > Wilander is totally on fire for Alcaraz: “If he continues to win, he could become the most important player we have ever had in our sport”

Increasingly present a few days before the start of the Australian Open, Mats Wilander, star consultant ofEurosport, had very strong words regarding the future of Carlos Alcaraz in this sport. Until eclipsing Federer, Nadal and Djokovic?

“For me, seeing Alcaraz win the US Open was the most exciting tournament I’ve seen in over 20 years working on television or in the media as an analyst. I said I thought if Alcaraz kept winning – and I even said it privately to Juan Carlos Ferrero [l’en­traî­neur d’Alcaraz] – he could become the most important tennis player we have ever had in our sport. People are going to say to me, ‘What do you mean? Isn’t Roger Federer…? Isn’t Rafael Nadal…? Yes, they are absolutely, incredibly important. But here you have a guy who tries so hard, he’s so quick, he plays so many different shots, he can serve and volley at 15–30. He is only 19 ! He hits drop shots at 15–30, he’s 19! Then he dives in, and at the end he smiles and he laughs. »


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