World No. 7 Carlos Alcaraz reveals he has been watching videos of the Big Three ahead of Wimbledon as he is hoping to become a strong force on grass one day. Alcaraz, 19, has proved this year that he is capable of playing extremely well on hard and clay, having won the Masters events in Miami and Madrid.
Alcaraz pulled out of Queen’s but still got some action grass leading up to Wimbledon as he played two exhibition matches at the Hurlingham Club. At Hurlingham, Alcaraz picked up two straight-set defeats as he lost to Frances Tiafoe and Casper Ruud, respectively.
“I’m trying to see the trainings of the best players,” Alcaraz said, per Eurosport. “[Dan] Evans, I think he plays very well on grass. I’m trying to copy some things from the best ones. I always watch videos of Federer, Djokovic, Rafa, Andy (Murray) as well, trying to copy the moves and stuff from them.
The hardest thing I would say is to move. For me to move well on grass is the hardest thing. Well, I would say to play aggressive, trying to go to the net, this is the best part to translate into my game from other surface to this one.”
Alcaraz on the Wimbledon decision
World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev is missing this year’s Wimbledon after being banned from the tournament. Reflecting on the Wimbledon decision to impose player bans on Russian and Belarusian players, Alcaraz said it’s a pity not to have some of the biggest names of the game from those countries missing out on the tournament.
“It’s tough for a tournament to not allow the No. 1 play,” Alcaraz said. “Everyone want to see the No. 1 play in every tournament. It’s a pity to miss some of the best players in the world. That’s all I can say.”
Meanwhile, Alcaraz faces Jan-Lennard Struff in the Wimbledon first round. Struff won the lone meeting between the two as he beat Alcaraz at the French Open last year. It remains to be seen if Alcaraz can get his revenge against Struff at Wimbledon.