Monfils asked to give his take on Alcaraz’s future.
Gael Monfils is tipping Carlos Alcaraz to win “a lot of Grand Slams” and become “a tennis legend.” Alcaraz, who turned 20 in May, has already accomplished what many dream of achieving in the span of their entire career. At 20, Alcaraz is already a two-time Grand Slam champion and the top-ranked player in the world.
Monfils, a former world No 6, met Alcaraz for the first time at the 2022 Indian Wells Masters. In their lone meeting, Monfils suffered a straight-set defeat as Alcaraz beat the Frenchman 7-5 6-1.
Monfils tips Alcaraz to do major things
“Carlos is a great guy; a great kid.
You know, he’s the beginning of a big legend of tennis. Definitely a champion already, but it’s — I think his goal is to become a legend like those legends that we have in our game. I played him last year. And when I finished the match, I told everybody, ‘Whoa, look out.
He’s going to be — he is different.’ When I played him, you know, I felt like his ball was different. His movement was different. His mentality was different. He’s already a champion. When you’re champion, for me, when you win slams, and he already won slams.
To win a lot of Grand Slams is to become a legend. If you win more than a certain number of Slams, you become a legend. I feel like he’s on track to win the number for him to become a legend. But don’t put pressure on him,” Monfils said.
Last year, Alcaraz was 19 when he won his first Grand Slam title at the US Open. Later this month, Alcaraz will return to Flushing Meadows hoping to defend his US Open title. Alcaraz is having a great season and he is also coming off a Wimbledon win. When the time comes for the US Open, there’s no doubt Alcaraz will be among the top favorites for the title.