Carlos Alcaras (20, Spain) opened his era wide by winning the안전놀이터 Wimbledon men’s singles champion this year. He has been on the court for only three weeks and is aiming for a championship.
For him, it is an important hard-court competition where he needs to improve his condition to defend the title of the 2023 US Open, the last grand slam of the season, which is about 20 days away.
The stage is the 2023 National Bank Open, which opened in Toronto, Canada on the 7th (local time). As the 6th ATP Masters 1000 series special event of the season, Alkaras, the world No. 1, was assigned the No. 1 seed. He skips round 1 and starts with round 2 (Round of 32).
The second seed is Danil Medvedev (27, Russia), who is ranked third in the world rankings. Alkaras and Medvedev showed off their friendship by training together on the court before the tournament.
Alkaras is competing in this tournament for the first time. Even last year in Montreal, he did not perform well. He has yet to make good memories with Canada.
“I remember I didn’t play well last year in Canada,” Alkaras said in an official press conference ahead of the tournament. He wants to play better than last year, and he’s here to change that this year.”
“After one year, I think I’ve learned a lot about how to deal with the pressure and how to deal with everything in that situation,” he said, emphasizing his growth.
“I am delighted to be here,” Alkaras said. I had my first practice with Medvedev and felt the love of people.”
Alkaras will challenge for the second consecutive men’s singles at the 2023 US Open, which opens on the 28th. It is a tournament where he became the champion at the age of 19 last year.
On July 16, in the men’s singles final at Wimbledon 2023, he won the second Grand Slam title in his life by winning 3-2 after a bloody battle with Novak Djokovic (36, Serbia), who was aiming for his fifth consecutive victory, in 5 sets for 4 hours and 40 minutes.