“I am so excited to play here against the best young players of the year,” Alcaraz said upon his arrival Saturday evening. “I am really happy to be here.”
It has been a breakthrough season for the 18-year-old Spaniard, who has climbed from No. 141 in the FedEx ATP Rankings to as high as No. 35 in 2021. The Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag champion is a teen, but quickly acclimatising to the big stage.
“I am feeling comfortable and have a lot of confidence with myself,” Alcaraz said. “It has been a brilliant year and I hope to show a good level here at the Next Gen [ATP Finals].”
Fans are still getting to know Alcaraz, who owns wins against Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, former World No. 1 Andy Murray and Italian Matteo Berrettini this season. And the pupil of Juan Carlos Ferrero is thrilled to compete alongside the best 21-and-under players in the world this week at the Allianz Cloud.
“Playing against the young guys like me with the different conditions, best of five sets, four games [is nice],” Alcaraz said. “I am excited to play.”