Carlos Alcaraz rules out Wimbledon as his next big goal: "I prefer to win the Olympic Games"

Tuesday, 11 June 2024 at 13:58
His victory at Roland Garros 2024 has caused Carlos Alcaraz to continue to add to his image in the history books of modern tennis. At just 21 years old, the Spaniard is already a three-time Grand Slam winner, and his ceiling seems to have no limits. After the triumph in France, the question about his next goal is clear: what will Carlitos focus on, defending the Wimbledon title or the Olympic Games?
Alcaraz will face the grass season with the same program he did in 2023. First he will play the Queen's Tournament and directly after that he will go to Wimbledon. However, according to his latest statements collected by ITF Tennis, the Spaniard does not seem really motivated to defend the Grand Slam crown on grass, as in his mind the Paris Olympics have much more weight.
"Right now I'd rather win the Olympics than Wimbledon," Carlitos begins by revealing. "There you don't play for yourself, you play for your country," he adds, revealing why competition at the Olympics has a greater relevance for him, at least this season.
In the end, it is an opportunity every four years, and Carlos Alcaraz starts with the moral advantage of having won at Roland Garros, since the Olympic Games will be played again on the clay of the French Grand Slam. In addition, the plan is also to play with Rafa Nadal in the doubles tournament, where they would form a pair that just by competing together would be making history, being Nadal's last bullet to get one more medal before retiring.
Should I rule out Wimbledon?
Still, Alcaraz cannot dismiss Wimbledon lightly. His victory at Roland Garros elevated him to No. 2 in the ATP Rankings, overtaking Novak Djokovic. The Serb is set to miss the grass Grand Slam due to his meniscus injury, so he will lose the points he was supposed to defend from last year's final.
With Jannik Sinner as the new world number 1, Carlitos has to defend the title he won last year, which is a huge amount of points. It is true that the Olympic Games are a very important event, and the Nadal factor weighs a lot, but Carlos Alcaraz should at least try to get as far as possible at Wimbledon, and then start thinking about Paris.

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