Wimbledon Winner Alcaraz With Fitness Issues?

published: Jan, 08, 2024

by: TC Staff

When a young Spaniard took the world by storm at the Wimbledon Men’s Final, it felt like he had made it. 

Carlos Alcaraz defeated the mighty Novak Djokovic in a crunch final to win his 1st Wimbledon title, denying the legend his eighth. 

Since then, Alcaraz has had a remarkable season, finishing as world rank #2. 

But, it is just the beginning for the youngster in his tennis career. 

A Worrying Pattern

While Alcaraz took home two Grand Slam titles, the fans who followed him with tickets from reputed resellers such as the Seatsnet Marketplace knew he could’ve gotten at least two more had he been fit. 

Throughout the year, he had his fair share of struggles during games with cramps and minor injuries.

This fitness situation might seem like a minor issue. Still, legendary tennis player Boris Becker brought in a valuable insight: There is a connection between Alcaraz’s current condition and his motivation. 

And it is true. 

He suggested that when Alcaraz’s fitness drops, his motivation also declines and eventually becomes susceptible to injury. The Spaniard, who is in the early years of his career, has already shown promise. 

In 2023, he became the youngest #1 in the open era. 

His advantage comes in his baseline game, tagged with his strategic use of serves. If Alcaraz gets his fitness issues metered out, he will be an unstoppable force. 

The Wimbledon was a perfect run for Alcaraz, as he dominated every game leading up to the final. 

The momentum was on his side, and it was Djokovic’s final to lose. 

But these perfect scenarios won’t be coming every day.  

The Wimbledon Loss Helped Me – Djokovic

The seven time Wimbledon winner adds that the loss against Alcaraz was a reality check for him to improve. 

The 7 time Wimbledon winner adds that the loss against Alcaraz was a reality check for him to get better. 

Players do not often state that losing a final was an important moment in their playing careers. 

For Novak Djokovic, it’s different. He adds that it was perhaps the best thing that happened to him. 

Djokovic missed out on his eighth Wimbledon title this year when he lost the final to Carlos Alcaraz. Losing such an important final ignited a fire in Djoovic, pivoting him to an intense focus on winning the next few tournaments. 

After Wimbledon, Djokovic went on a winning streak, winning titles in Cincinnati and at the US Open. These wins included a captivating final against Alcaraz in Cincinnati and a victory over Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final. 

All those who had tickets to the US Open final from the Seatsnet Marketplace added that they were overjoyed to see this renewed version of the Serbian, determined to be the best. During this phase, Djokovic’s record reflected just two losses, both at the hands of Jannik Sinner.

At 36 years, it is impressive to see what Djokovic is delivering, maintaining his fitness levels to compete against players at least 5-10 years younger. 

Acknowledging the new talents such as Carlos Alcaraz, Djokovic expressed his admiration for them for making him go beyond his capabilities. He particularly spoke about Alcaraz’s competitors and added that it will be a clash that the world of tennis will look forward to in the next few seasons. 

Djokovic recognized these younger athletes, including Sinner and Holger Rune, as formidable competitors who serve as an extra source of motivation for him to elevate his game.

He emphasized that their passion and hunger ignite a competitive spark within him to push boundaries and evolve. Facing such inspired opponents serves as a catalyst for Djokovic’s relentless pursuit of excellence on the court.

Wimbledon Fights Back on Expansion Plans

Debbie Jevans, the new chairman of the All England Clubs, has defended the expansion plan from the club, venturing onto the golf course, emphasizing that the project’s goal is to make the golf club accessible to the public.

A few weeks earlier, Wimbledon made a plea to the Wandsworth Council to expand the existing facility, which is 42 acres, and acquire another 72 acres to cater to future demands. 

The project saw criticism from the locals that led to the project not getting approval and currently in a negotiation stage. 

However, despite the criticism regarding the proposed construction, Jevans stresses the necessity of the project.

The Wandsworth Council has denied the planning permission, citing that the construction hampers the local landscape.

But Jevans says that the land has been inaccessible to the public since 1898, and opening up aligns with the club’s investment plans to create a park and maintain Wimbledon’s status in the sport.

The chair for All England acknowledged the project’s challenges and aimed to clarify the misconceptions about the proposed development. She emphasized the economic benefits the development will bring to the local areas, underscoring her connection to the area as a resident nearby.

Jevans aims to rebuild momentum and engage with the community to explain the project’s intentions and benefits to allow a better understanding of the plans. With the planning decisions moving up the hierarchy, Jevans sees an opportunity to address concerns on the development and present a clear narrative. 

Wimbledon 2024

The 2024 edition of the Wimbledon will kick off on 1st July and will end on the 14th. The tournament will continue its tradition of the two-week schedule. Additionally, the middle Sunday will have a full day of play, providing fans with more tennis action. 

The qualifying rounds for Wimbledon will start on 24th June 2024. Over the four days, the qualifying will take place with the qualifiers drafted into the main draw.

Ticket options for Wimbledon 2024 will soon be available on the Seatsnet Marketplace. 

Wimbledon Fixtures (Tentative) 2024:

ATP Men’s Singles (Grand Slam)

First round: Monday 1st – Tuesday 2nd July

Second round: Wednesday 3rd – Thursday 4th July

Third round: Friday 5th – Saturday 6th July

Fourth round: Sunday 7th – Monday 8th July

Quarter-finals: Tuesday 9th – Wednesday 10th July

Semi-finals: Friday 12th July

Final: Sunday 14th July

WTA Women’s Singles (Grand Slam)

First round: Monday 1st – Tuesday 2nd July

Second round: Wednesday 3rd – Thursday 4th July

Third round: Friday 5th – Saturday 6th July

Fourth round: Sunday 7th – Monday 8th July

Quarter-finals: Tuesday 9th – Wednesday 10th July

Semi-finals: Thursday 11th July

Final: Saturday 13th July

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