London, June 19 – Taking part in in solely his third skilled match on grass, world No.2 Carlos Alcaraz is gearing up for a highly-anticipated debut on the Queens Championships the place he’s preventing to earn a maiden title on the grass.
The 20-year-old was scheduled to take to the stage finally 12 months’s version however was compelled to withdraw as a consequence of harm.
The Spaniard, who suffered from extreme cramps throughout a French Open semifinal loss to Novak Djokovic, arrived in London on Saturday and rapidly took to courtroom in an try to regulate from the Parisian clay to the lawns of west London.
“I arrived in London Saturday morning and I had my first observe on grass. I used to be not capable of practise an excessive amount of at dwelling as we’ve no grass courts. I have to adapt my motion and pictures on the grass, however I’m actually proud of the observe I’ve had right here,” Alcaraz mentioned throughout his pre-tournament press convention on Sunday.
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Coming in off the again of a semifinal look at Roland Garros, the Spaniard has had a fast turnaround between leaving the Parisian clay courts behind and discovering his recreation on the grass in West Kensington.
“After the French Open I had 4 days off to relaxation a little bit bit and switch my thoughts off. I picked up a racket and practiced for 3 days again at dwelling however that was on a tough courtroom. I attempted to make comparable actions on the arduous courts that you simply’d make on the grass however clearly it’s by no means the identical,” he mentioned.
Alcaraz has undoubtedly been a dominant power on each the arduous and clay courts over the previous 18 months, having clinched seven of his ten ATP titles on the clay and the remaining three on arduous courts.
In distinction, his expertise on the grass lays skinny, having solely performed six matches on the floor in his younger profession, all of which had been on the Wimbledon Championships.
Alcaraz enters the match as the primary seed and is accompanied by a powerful contingent of tennis expertise, together with world No.6 Holger Rune, 2022 Rothesay Worldwide Eastbourne champion Taylor Fritz and British No.1 Cam Norrie.
His marketing campaign will get underway on Tuesday with a first-round match up towards rising French star Arthur Fils.