Ion Tiriac believes Carlos Alcaraz has what it takes to be the next great champion and become the new face of men’s tennis after the departure of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
Alcaraz, 19, is having an impressive season as he has won two Masters this year and is the seventh player in the world. Alcaraz is widely tipped to win several Grand Slam tournaments and reach the top spot in the future.
“A future number 1,” Tiriac said, according to Eurosport Spain. “And I hope he is also a great man of character because tennis is going to need a great character in place of these three who are leaving”
Tiriac hopes Alcaraz will become the new face of tennis.
The game still has a few bright teenagers, including 19-year-old Holger Rune, who reached the French Open quarter-finals. “There are people like Alcaraz.
and others like Rune, who can be a great player but has some issues, his mother, this and that, but he hits the ball very well,” Tiriac added. During the same interview, Tiriac hinted that he was not really in favor of the return of Roger Federer at 40 years old.
Federer has had three knee surgeries in the past two years but is trying to make a comeback. Reflecting on Federer’s plans to return to Laver Cup and possibly play in 2023, Tiriac says Switzerland risk ‘making a fool of themselves’
“You can play tennis for fun,” Tiriac said, “which would be great. But beware: it would be a shame if he made a fool of himself. I see him as a danger because he didn’t play. since a long time.
If you like tennis, great, but being competitive at 40? No, no,” Tiriac said. Federer, who turns 41 in August, signed to play in the Laver Cup in September and an ATP 500 tournament in Basel the following month.
Tennis fans would love to see Federer play a full season in 2023 and the Swiss hasn’t closed the door on that possibility.