"It tends to come bite you back in the a**": Andrea Petkovic fears for Carlos Alcaraz' long-term tennis future after early injuries

Former Germany’s tennis star Andrea Petkovic has expressed concern about the future of Carlos Alcaraz after recent injuries.

The 20-year-old is often regarded as one of the most highly-rated players currently playing in the men’s singles category alongside Italy’s Jannik Sinner and America’s Ben Shelton. Petkovic was recently quoted in a report where she expressed concern about the future of Alcaraz after suffering injuries at the beginning of her career.

“I have observed the thing with athletes, with colleagues that I’ve been next to for past 20 years. When someone has an injury very early on in their career, it seems to just keep bothering them in the same place.

“But I think it’s when you’re still growing. I am [worried about Alcaraz]! Same with Rafa, Rafa had a bad injury early on, and he always had injuries. If you look at someone like [Novak] Djokovic, Roger [Federer] – they were never injured. I do think if you’re unlucky at the beginning of your career, while you’re still growing with a big injury, it tends to come bite you back in the a**.”

Alcaraz became the talk of the town after winning Wimbledon in 2023 after securing a win in a five-set thrilling contest against the current world number one Novak Djokovic with a score of 1–6, 7–6(8–6), 6–1, 3–6, 6–4.

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