Carlos Alcaraz Garfia has stated that he has always aspired to play against the greatest players at the Barcelona Open on Rafael Nadal’s Pista. While playing in a junior event in Barcelona, the young Spanish tennis star told himself that he would play in the court officially one day.
The Barcelona Open (now sponsored by Banc Sabadell) is a male professional tennis tournament held every year. The event has been staged every year in Barcelona, Spain, since 1953 (except in 2020, when it will be cancelled), and is played on clay courts at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona. In 2017, the center court was named Pista Rafael Nadal after the Spanish legend won a total of 12 record making Barcelona Open titles.
Carlos Alcaraz Garfia, an emerging Tennis Superstar
When Carlos burst onto the big stage, many were baffled by his ability to move around the court. There were striking similarities between his and Novak Djokovic’s gameplay. Carlos is only 18 years old at this time and has already won 2 career titles. He reached the second round of the 2021 Wimbledon, then made his way to the third round of the 2021 French Open and looked in great touch at the 2022 Australian Open as well where he reached the third round.
Carlos became the youngest ever ATP 500 champion after he ended up winning the Rio Open this year. Moreover, the way he has played at the Indian Wells Open against some of the top names is simply sensational.
Alcaraz has a mighty challenge in front of him in the name of Rafael Nadal. Rafael has been a mighty force through the years and after a string of injuries, Nadal made a superb comeback in 2022 as he ended up winning the Australian Open.
Carlos Alcaraz interview
In an interview with Tennis TV, the World No. 11 reminisces his dream of playing in the Barcelona Court when he was young.
“I played this tournament (Barcelona), the under 14, and I remember the matches, the players around the locker room,” Alcaraz said. “Players, I mean, Rafael Nadal I saw playing here, Roberto Bautista Agut, Carreno Busta. Yeah, I always wished to play in the Rafael Nadal court, to play against the best players of the world. And I remember saying: ‘One day, one day I will play in there.'”
“Playing in Spain is always playing at home,” Carlos added. “Knowing that the people is supporting you is pretty amazing. It’s important to have a good crowd, the people support you in tough moments in the matches. It’s really important and I hope to feel the warm of the crowd in the first match here.”