John McEnroe learns 'positive attitude' from tennis prodigy Carlos Alcaraz

Thursday, 11 July 2024 at 12:00
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Former world number one John McEnroe has revealed that he has asked Spain’s young tennis star Carlos Alcaraz to advise him on a ‘positive’ attitude. The 21-year-old is already regarded as one of the best players currently playing in men’s tennis in the singles category, along with Italy’s Jannik Sinner and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic.
Alcaraz is currently playing at Wimbledon, where he has already booked his place in the semifinal after beating America’s Tommy Paul in the last-eight clash with a score of 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2. McEnroe, who is working at Wimbledon as part of the broadcast team, was recently quoted in a report in which he praised the current world number three.
McEnroe also revealed that he had asked Alcaraz to come over to his house and explain how he can have such a positive attitude. The 65-year-old also urged the younger players to watch how the Spaniard deals with difficult situations on the court.
"He had that positive attitude,” he said. “You watch Carlos Alcaraz he's always smiling, whatever the score is he's amazing. I don't know how he does it but it's never too late to teach an old man, come over to my place sometime. This guy can do anything and everything - and he does do that. It’s something that I hope all these kids that play the game not only study the way he hits shots but his attitude on the court.”
Alcaraz is set to face Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in the last-four clash, who booked his place in the semifinal after beating the world number one Sinner in a five-setter in the last-eight clash with a score of 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 2-6, 6-3. It will be the seventh meeting between the two in professional tennis. In the previous six meetings, Alcaraz had a clear advantage as he won on four occasions and suffered just two defeats.

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