John McEnroe’s final praise: “Carlos Alcaraz is one in a billion”

The legendary American tennis player underlined that the Spaniard is an exception: no one is like him

There has been no shortage of predictions about Carlos Alcaraz’s career and several tennis legends have not held back in describing the Spaniard’s great abilities. One of the biggest fans is the North American icon, champion of 7 Slam titles, John McEnroe.

The former North American tennis player has stated several times that Alcaraz is the best tennis player he has seen at his age – the Spaniard was born in 2003 and turned 20 in May – and in the SmartLess podcast he recently stated: “I grew up in Queen’s.

The best thing that ever happened to me wasn’t going to a Nick Bollettieri-style camp. I would have left the game at 16 or 17. I love playing other sports. All studies show, both physically and mentally, that it is healthier for kids to play other sports.

Tennis players peak later than they ever have. I think college is an experience where not only can you potentially play on a team if you play a sport, but you can grow a little bit and even have a little fun before you go into a profession, and you’ll be better prepared to handle that.

So I don’t completely agree with what academies do most often. For every person you hear who is successful, there is a million who don’t. Not everyone is Carlos Alcaraz, he is one in a billion. He’s just a monster. He’s an incredible player, but most guys don’t have the right to do that.”

The rise of Carlitos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz had a great explosion between 2022 and 2023.

Last year was the season of the young Spaniard’s tennis birth, capable of winning the ATP Masters 1000 in Madrid by defeating the home favorite Rafael Nadal, the Serbian legend Novak Djokovic and the defending champion Alexander Zverev.

During the US Open, which he won in the final against the Norwegian Casper Ruud, he rose to number 1 in the world only to then give up the scepter to Djokovic. In 2023, Carlitos managed to confirm himself as Nole’s main antagonist, putting on a show in the matches in which they were protagonists.

Unforgettable are the semi-finals of Roland Garros won by Djokovic, the Wimbledon final won by the Spaniard in the fifth set and the final of the ATP Masters 1000 in Cincinnati, defined as one of the best finals in best-of-3 sets matches.

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