Carlos Alcaraz's list of major achievements in tennis has grown rapidly over the past year, but the world number one's physical growth also caught the eye of former coach Brad Gilbert.
Alcaraz was back in action at the 2023 Cincinnati Masters recently, and he almost went all the way at the ATP 1000 event. The Spanish player raced to the final before losing a hard-fought encounter against world number two Novak Djokovic, who edged Alcaraz across three sets.
It was another big match for the 20-year-old who continues to showcase his elite-level talent on the biggest stages in tennis. While the young Spanish star is growing in tactical and technical maturity, Andre Agassi's former coach Gilbert, who met with Alcaraz in Cincinnati, took to social media to share his shock at how quickly the 20-year-old has grown physically.
"Had a nice conversation today with escape from Alcaraz and the mosquito JCF, one thing for sure, Carlos Alcaraz has gotten bigger this year we were eye to eye and up close looks even stronger, and he said 1st time ever he had experienced hot day in Cincy."
Although Alcaraz and Djokovic have shown their abilities to deal with the physical challenge of marathon matches during their respective careers, the extreme heat in Cincinnati during the final played havoc with both players on occasion.
This was another topic Gilbert shed light on after his conversation with Alcaraz, and the former coach explained how the world number one had never experienced temperature like it in Cincinnati.
"He told me been to Cincy 3 times never had hot day there, I told him been I’ve been there many times in Cincy weather was like that all week in the 90’s with high humidity Sunday was more a normal day there from the past."