Alcaraz Reveals He Wants To Play Olympic Doubles With His 'Idol' Nadal

Alcaraz Reveals He Wants To Play Olympic Doubles With His 'Idol' Nadal

by Zachary Wimer

Carlos Alcaraz will play at his first Olympics in Paris in 2024, and the young Spaniard would love to play with his idol Rafael Nadal.

The Olympics is a special competition, as players also often compete in doubles and mixed doubles, something that they don't do when they regularly compete on the ATP Tour. But fighting for the medals is different, and interesting pairings are often created.

World No. 1, Alcaraz, has achieved the enviable heights of securing two Grand Slam titles at a young age of 20. However, his aspirations don't stop there. He has his eyes set on a golden opportunity to represent his nation at the Olympics, a dream he hopes to fulfill with none other than his idol, Rafael Nadal.

At the upcoming Hopman Cup, the young Spaniard will play mixed doubles for the first time in his career, and only a year later, he could possibly fight for three gold medals for his country at the Olympics at Roland Garros in Paris.

For Alcaraz, winning isn't the only target. The young athlete relishes the idea of sharing the court with Nadal, experiencing a camaraderie that goes beyond winning medals, as he beautifully expressed when talking to COPE.

"It would be a dream. Not only to win a medal at singles or doubles, but just to live the experience of a doubles with your idol would be a memory that I would keep with special affection."

While the youngster is yet to experience his first Olympics, Rafael Nadal, on the other hand, is no stranger to the Olympic arena. His remarkable career has seen him win the gold medal for men's singles in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and for men's doubles in the 2016 Rio Olympics, where he partnered with Marc Lopez. Now, he may be pairing up with the rising star in the men's tennis.

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