Carlos Alcaraz is embracing the challenge of an US Open favorite as he has made it clear that he plans to “enjoy it” and “go for it” at Flushing Meadows this year. 12 months ago, Alcaraz reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the US Open.
En route to reaching the US Open quarterfinal in his tournament debut, Alcaraz stunned Stefanos Tsitsipas. This season, Alcaraz is not just a promising teenager as he is the third-seeded player in the US Open main draw. “I have great memories here from last year.
It’s a special tournament for me,” Alcaraz said, per the US Open website. “I’m going to enjoy it and going to go for it.”
Alcaraz looking forward to play on Arthur Ashe
In the US Open first round, Alcaraz faces Sebastian Baez.
“I’m sure when I play again in Arthur Ashe or another court, I will enjoy it. It’s a word that I always have very present in mind. It’s extremely important,” Alcaraz said. “At the end of the day, I’m playing tennis, a sport I love.
If you’re not enjoying yourself on court, you’re lost. Playing in the largest stadiums, I’ve always had success. I’ve always grown and enjoyed it. I’m very excited to play again in Arthur Ashe, in front of all the people, just as I experienced last year.
It was incredible.” After suffering a shock Montreal second round defeat to Tommy Paul, Alcaraz admitted that he couldn’t handle the pressure of being a top favorite for the title. Alcaraz is hoping that he has learned from that experience and that it won’t happen to him at the US Open.
Also, Alcaraz noted that he feels more ready now than he did last year. “My pressure here is to enjoy every match, show my best game. Obviously, my goal here is to enjoy. I think if I do that, I will do a good result. I feel stronger and more prepared than the last year. I think I’m more ready in this tournament than the last year,” Alcaraz explained.