'Didn't Enjoy Stepping On Court': Alcaraz Admits To Previous Struggles After Indian Wells Title

'Didn't Enjoy Stepping On Court': Alcaraz Admits To Previous Struggles After Indian Wells Title

by Zachary Wimer

Carlos Alcaraz finally returned to winning ways in Indian Wells and explained what had happened in the previous few months.

Before coming to Indian Wells, Alcaraz didn't really look like himself for a long time. The Spaniard has a pretty bright smile whenever he's on the tennis court, and it's become his signature.

That wasn't present in the past few months, as he clearly struggled with his tennis. We didn't really know what was going on because he wasn't necessarily injured, but he simply didn't enjoy his time on the court.

That's what it looked like from the outside, and that's what he confirmed after finally winning a trophy again at the 2024 Indian Wells Open.

"It's difficult to put it into words, because I had really difficult months. Let's say the last two months it was difficult for me to find myself. I didn't enjoy, let's say, stepping on the court. I wasn't myself on the court the last two months, let's say, two months, three months, so it was difficult for me."

Alcaraz on his struggles

Winning the trophy in Indian Wells was particularly important for Alcaraz, who hadn't made a final before this one in six months. He nearly reached the final in Buenos Aires but was beaten by Nicolas Jarry, which was a very painful defeat for the Spaniard.

Winning the trophy as convincingly as he did was also very important for him because he truly found himself again, which is palpable in the way he talked after the win over Daniil Medvedev.

"It means a lot to me, lifting this trophy, winning this tournament, because I overcome a lot of problems in my head, a lot of problems physically. It was so special for that."

It was a much-needed win for a player who has struggled a lot lately, and he'll try to back it up at the Miami Open.


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