Laura Robson used the word “insane” to describe Carlos Alcaraz’s level in Miami and noted “the scary part” is knowing the 19-year-old Spaniard can further improve his game. In four tournaments played in 2023, Alcaraz is 18-2 and has two titles.
At this past Miami Open, Alcaraz clinched four straight-set wins before Jannik Sinner recovered from a set down to beat the Spaniard 6-7 (4) 6-4 6-2. “Honestly, Alcaraz’s level in that whole tournament [Miami] was insane.
I kind of struggle to imagine him improving even more, but he’s just got so much more ability that you feel like he could get to, which is almost the scary part for all of his opponents as he continues to develop as a player because you forget how young he is and how little time he’s really spent on the tour, and yet he’s just outrageous.
I just love how much he enjoys the challenge of competing, and every match that he plays, whether he’s playing really good or having a bit of a tougher day, it just looks like he loves the competition and playing in front of a crowd, soaking up the atmosphere.
He’s just a joy to watch,” Robson told Eurosport.
Alcaraz out of the Monte Carlo Masters
After missing the Australian Open due to knee injury, Alcaraz returned to action during the Golden Swing as he won Buenos Aires before finishing as runner-up in Rio de Janeiro.
During the Sunshine Double, Alcaraz won Indian Wells before losing in the Miami semifinal. Alcaraz was scheduled to play his fifth tournament of the year in Monte Carlo but he decided to pull out of the tournament after speaking to his doctors.
“I have post-traumatic arthritis in my left hand and muscular discomfort in the spine that needs rest to prepare for everything that is to come. See you in 2024,” Alcaraz said. Alcaraz is scheduled play in Barcelona, which starts on April 17th.