‘Very strange’ Carlos Alcaraz questioned for focusing on ‘supernatural fitness’ over tennis

‘Very strange’ Carlos Alcaraz questioned for focusing on ‘supernatural fitness’ over tennis

Nikolay Davydenko has described Carlos Alcaraz as “very strange” and claimed the 20-year-old follows the Spanish approach of focusing more on “supernatural physical fitness” than tennis.
The former world No 3 warned that “the body cannot withstand these overloads” and suggested Alcaraz could suffer physically throughout his career as a result of being injured at a young age.
Alcaraz was forced to miss the ATP Finals in 2022 due to an abdominal muscle tear he sustained at the Paris Masters, before a right leg injury kept him out of this year’s Australian Open.
The 20-year-old has not dealt with any significant injuries since, although he skipped the Swiss Indoors in Basel in October due to minor issues with his left foot and his lower back.
The Spaniard had a career-best season this year, winning six titles and compiling a brilliant 65-12 (84.4%) record as he finished as world No 2.
Alcaraz won two Masters 1000 crowns, two ATP 500 tournaments and an ATP 250 title, but the highlight was his triumph at Wimbledon — where he overcame Novak Djokovic in a five-set epic.
Following his victory at the All England Club in July, though, Alcaraz did not claim another title and reached one final in the eight events he played. He lost four of his last six matches of the season, with fatigue due to his explosive playing style raised as a potential factor in his late-season dip.
In an interview with Championat, Davydenko was asked about the reasons for Alcaraz running out of strength by the end of the last two seasons and the Spaniard’s injuries.
“For me, Alcaraz is very strange. Why is this happening? Because in the Spanish school of tennis, there is very serious physical activity,” the 42-year-old Russian said.
“They swing unrealistically, they have supernatural physical fitness. They focus on this more than on tennis. For them, tennis is in the background. They say that first of all you need to run and not get tired, and then play on the other side of the court.
“The body cannot withstand these overloads. Of course, at 20 years old it is too early to get your first injuries. Then others will appear – it goes in a chain. Therefore, he will shoot somewhere, but somewhere he may withdraw from the tournament because something happened.”
Struggling in the latter part of the season has also been common for Alcaraz’s great Spanish compatriot Rafael Nadal, with fatigue and injuries often a factor.
Nadal has never won the ATP Finals or the Masters 1000 events in Paris and Shanghai, which are the three biggest tournaments on the men’s calendar after the US Open. The 37-year-old Mallorcan did, though, win the Madrid Masters in 2005 when it was an indoor hard-court event played late in the year.
Davydenko won 21 ATP titles – including the 2009 ATP Finals – and reached four Grand Slam semi-finals during an impressive 14-year career that spanned from 1999 to 2014.
The Russian earned wins over each of the ‘Big Three’ and holds a 6-5 record against Nadal – with the pair’s matches played between 2006 and 2012.
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