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Carlos Alcaraz hopes for ‘dream’ Rafa Nadal pairing at Paris 2024 Olympics, laments his absence at 2023 French Open

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Carlos Alcaraz has stated it might be “a dream” to play doubles tennis alongside Rafa Nadal on the 2024 Olympic Video games in Paris.

The present world No. 1 seems to be the pure successor to the previous best-in-the-world Nadal because the older participant edges in the direction of retirement.

Alcaraz, simply 20, has emerged as a drive of nature on the court docket and lots of anticipate him to dominate the game as one of many new, youthful gamers who’re beginning to overtake the ‘Large Three’, with Nadal lowering his commitments and lacking the French Open, Novak Djokovic struggling to match his finest after lacking a lot of the final two years, and Roger Federer already retired.


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Nadal has 22 majors to his title however harm has saved him out of his second dwelling at Roland-Garros, and he believes that subsequent 12 months shall be his final on the skilled circuit.

“For me, it could possibly be a dream enjoying doubles with him within the Olympics,” stated Alcaraz on Friday when discussing the probabilities of enjoying together with his idol.

“Let’s examine how he is doing and the way he is going this 12 months. Hopefully he is going nice.”

Alcaraz continued: “I felt unhealthy once I heard that Rafa was not capable of play right here in Roland-Garros and possibly the remainder of the 12 months.

“As a fan of tennis, I at all times watched Rafa enjoying. I at all times need to watch the perfect gamers on this planet enjoying the tournaments.”

“It was powerful to grasp how it may be with out Rafa this 12 months. Hopefully we’ll see him subsequent 12 months and that he is 100%.”

Turning to his personal probabilities at Roland-Garros, Alcaraz advised Eurosport’s Alex Corretja how he finds time to wind down.

He stated: “I’m a quite simple particular person. the easiest way to disconnect is to spend time with household, mates, doing nothing particular, be with them, speak about every little thing and really feel snug. It’s the easiest way and it’s tremendous needed.”

He continued: “This match is particular for Spanish gamers. It’s a match that I actually need to do properly, to win it in the future. Final 12 months I performed at a excessive degree, I reached the quarte-rfinals and this 12 months I come right here with a number of need, with a number of motivation, having a number of confidence and I’m coaching at a excessive degree.

“I really feel superb. This court docket transmits totally different emotions to different courts.

“In a Grand Slam you should know tips on how to handle every little thing. The power, the remainder, every little thing. In coaching… It relies on every participant, how they really feel, but it surely’s tremendous vital to have good pointers and do every little thing completely if you wish to get good outcomes.”

Iga Swiatek, one of many favourites within the girls’s draw, additionally stated she hoped Nadal would return subsequent 12 months to be extra concerned..

“I do not need to concentrate on statistics or what he may obtain by enjoying right here this 12 months,” stated the Pole.

“For me, an important factor is that if he is simply wholesome and completely satisfied. Hopefully he’ll play subsequent season and really feel higher. That is an important factor for me.”

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