Carlos Alcaraz will soon start his 14th consecutive week as world number one in men’s tennis, since he climbed to the top of the rankings on September 12 by winning the US Open title.
The 19-year-old player from Murcia has spent two weeks of pre-season at the Equelite Academy in Villena, which has only been interrupted by an untimely stomach virus that left him in bed for several days.
Alcaraz will leave on Thursday, December 15, bound for Abu Dhabi to play the exhibition named Mubadala World Championship.
Enjoying a bye from the quarter-finals as top seed, he awaits the winner of the match between Andrey Rublev and American Frances Tiafoe in one of the semi-finals.
Carlos Alcaraz reflects on his 2022
It has been an incredible 2022 for the Spaniard and he looked back on it, now that the year is almost over.
“It sounds like a dream for me, honestly, there are so many times I think about this year, about my position right now, and I still can’t believe it,” he told Arab News.
“I’m thinking, ‘Is this real? I’m No.1 in the world?’ I’m dreaming. It’s something I have to realize someday.”
When asked about what it was like to become a Grand Slam champion after winning the US Open, Alcaraz said it was special.
“I had so many tournaments and had no time to realize 100 percent the US Open,” he said.
“Of course it was a great feeling for me. All I can say is that nothing changed.”
The plan to start 2023 on the front foot
The priority now is fitness, which is why he has tested himself with 400 metre heats on the Equelite athletics track under the supervision of his physical trainer Aberrto Lledo.
Alcaraz will repeat last season’s formula and will not play any official tournament before the Australian Open in January.
He will only play two exhibition matches at the Kooyong Classic, from 10 to 12 January.
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