'Done Amazing Work': Roddick Defends Alcaraz's Coach Ferrero From Criticism

'Done Amazing Work': Roddick Defends Alcaraz's Coach Ferrero From Criticism

by Jordan Reynolds

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Andy Roddick is adamant that Carlos Alcaraz's coach, Juan Carlos Ferrero, has done a great job and should not be replaced.

Alcaraz has already established himself as one of the biggest names in tennis at the age of 20. His stunning success at Wimbledon last year was his second Grand Slam, and he has the potential to finish his career as a legend.

However, the Spaniard has had a slight dip in form since that success at SW19. He has not won a tournament since, and most recently lost in the Australian Open quarterfinal to Alexander Zverev in four sets.

In a recent episode of his podcast, Roddick said he felt Alcaraz's serve was the one area that had not improved in the last two years. The American's serve was one of the best ever seen in tennis, and so his view on that topic is worth taking seriously.

One account on X (formerly Twitter) took Roddick's words too far. The fan said they agreed with Roddick, and that was why Alcaraz needed to get rid of Ferrero and bring in a different coach to teach him how to serve.

Roddick then corrected the fan. He said pointing to one specific area of Alcaraz's game that had not improved did not mean Alcaraz should change his coach and axe Ferrero.

"He definitely doesn't need another coach. JCF has been amazing. Saying his serve hasn't improved doesn't mean he hasn't improved. Night and day from where he was two years ago. They've done amazing work."

This is a clear correction from the 2003 US Open champion, with Roddick ironically winning his sole Grand Slam title in the final at Flushing Meadows against Ferrero. The progress Alcaraz has made under the guidance of Ferrero is indisputable. Improving his serve is something they will work on.

It is easy to forget that someone as good as Alcaraz, who will play at the brand new 6 Kings Slam, is still just 20 years old. He still has so much time to improve his game and get even better.


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