Carlos Alcaraz would follow Tsitsidosa mixed doubles route if he had a girlfriend

Monday, 03 June 2024 at 10:11
Carlos Alcaraz admits that he would play mixed doubles if he had a girlfriend on tour in a similar vein to Stefanos Tsitsipas and Paula Badosa albeit the duo have been waiting days and days to start their campaign in Paris.
Alcaraz defeated Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 in the fourth round at Roland Garros. In his post match press conference, he was asked if he would play mixed doubles with his future girlfriend. He said that he would first have to have a girlfriend to answer the question. But that if he was physically fit, why not.
Tsitsipas and Badosa are the leading couple playing mixed doubles. But they haven't yet started their campaign. They were joined by Czech couple Katerina Siniakova and Tomas Machac who lost in the opening round. Ugo Humbert and Tessah Andrianjafitrimo were also in the draw but lost. Alex de Minaur and Katie Boulter previously have played mixed doubles together and likely will at Wimbledon.
Whether Anna Kalinskaya and Jannik Sinner now follow the same route remains to be seen given the Italian's want to keep their relationship out the spotlight. But Alcaraz certainly would play mixed doubles it seems if he was in a relationship. Likely ruled out though otherwise.
"I personally have to put myself in the situation of having a girlfriend. It would be complicated. Mixing personal and professional life, I would look at the professional part. Stefanos is physically fine. If he sees that it is good for him, go ahead," Alcaraz said in his press conference.
"If I had a girlfriend and If she asked me to play the mixed one, I would have to evaluate many things to be able to decide. If everything is good, why not," he said.
"I'm very happy with the way I played. I didn't have any ups and downs of concentration and there was a moment when I completely forgot about the discomfort in my arm and started hitting with my right hand totally normal," he also stated about his current physical condition.
"I put a lot of intensity into my tennis today and during the tiebreak, I hit two drives that made me realize how much I missed this feeling. In addition, my forearm continues to improve." Next up is one half of that power couple in Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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