Carlos Alcaraz recently won the Argentina Open, defeating Cameron Norrie in the final. Even after a lengthy injury layoff – which included missing the 2023 Australian Open – the former World No. 1 wasted little time rediscovering his best tennis.
Alcaraz most recently reached the final of the Rio Open, where he went down in three sets to Norrie. The Spaniard will next compete at the 2023 Mexican Open in Acapulco, the draw for which was released on Sunday, February 26.
Carlos Alcaraz will begin his campaign against Mackenzie McDonald, who ended Rafael Nadal’s run at the Australian Open earlier this year.
Several tennis fans, however, have taken to social media to express their displeasure with the Acapulco draw. One user wondered if Alcaraz would ever play in a competitive tournament again or if he would continue to play in the “weak-fielded” tournaments.
“Will Alcaraz ever play a competitive tournament again or will he keep choosing these weak fielded tournaments in South America where the second seed is Cameron Norrie?” a fan asked.
Another fan commented that the draw for the ATP 500 (ATP 500 Acapulco) tournament was extremely “weak” given the presence of veteran player Feliciano Lopez.
“Weak 500 again. Carlos and Cam coming straight off the clay and Feli?! I thought he retired!” a tweet read.
Here are a few more reactions from tennis fans to Carlos Alcaraz’s 2023 Mexican Open draw:
Carlos Alcaraz reveals how working with a sports psychologist has helped him mentally
Carlos Alcaraz recently spoke with Vogue about how he was unable to control his emotions well when he was 15-16 years old. Alcaraz threw his racquet around a lot at the time, putting his game at “risk.”
“When I was 15 or 16, I threw my racquet around quite a bit, or I’d break one, and that put my game at risk. So I knew I had to improve in that respect,” he said.
The Spaniard thanked his sports psychologist Isabel Balaguer for her help in that regard. He added that staying calm on the court is critical, as is going out on the court with a smile and feeling happy.
“She’s helped me a lot,” Alcaraz said. “I was a bit all over the place. I didn’t control my emotions well. I got really pissed off.”
“Thanks to Isabel, I’ve gotten much better,” he added. “Feeling calm during such a demanding year is essential. And from my point of view, it’s crucial to go out onto the court smiling, feeling happy. That helps you mentally. For me, it’s everything.”