July 14, 2024

It is not the result that Carlos Alcaraz was looking for. One of the favorites to lift the Australian Open, the Spaniard’s January journey was cut short by Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals. The German star overcame the challenge of Alcaraz in a match lasting just over three hours, requiring 4 sets to defeat his Spanish opponent 6-1, 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-4. However, was one major factor affecting Alcaraz in the match in the form of his missing teammate?

The former World Number 1 is without his coach, Juan Carlos Ferrero, at the Australian Open. Although Samuel Lopez has replaced him, the absence of the regular coach seems to have haunted him. Here’s what he said about Ferrero’s absence.

The decision about Juan Carlos Ferrero’s absence was made last year. The Spanish coach is currently recovering from an arthroscopy on his left knee. As a result, he is walking on crutches and it wasn’t possible for him to travel in this condition to Australia. Hence, he decided to skip this tournament to recover completely before he could join Alcaraz.Who is Carlos Alcaraz's current coach? Meet the former World No. 1 who's  nurturing the Spaniard's careerWho is Carlos Alcaraz's current coach? Meet the former World No. 1 who's  nurturing the Spaniard's career

During the post-match press conference after his Australian Open exit, Alcaraz was asked if the absence of his regular coach had an impact on his performance Down Under. Replying to this question, he said, “No, it didn’t affect at all. As I said, I was playing great tennis, you know, without him. I had someone that is a pretty good coach as well. I trust him 100%, as I said before the tournament began. It didn’t affect me at all.”

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