Carlos Alcaraz fired arrogance warning after crashing down to earth following Wimbledon win

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Carlos Alcaraz is the talk of tennis following his Wimbledon win

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 24/07/2023

- 10:23

Updated: 24/07/2023

- 12:52

The 20-year-old won both of his singles matches at the Hopman Cup but was unable to win in the mixed doubles

Carlos Alcaraz has been warned about getting too 'full of himself' by tennis legend Jimmy Connors.

The Spaniard won a second Grand Slam of his career at Wimbledon earlier this month, beating Novak Djokovic in the final to cement his status as one of the best young players on the planet.

Alcaraz is humble and lives with his parents above a kebab shop in Spain, making him all the more popular as a result.

However, he experienced a crash back down to earth over the weekend with his country unable to make the final of the Hopman Cup.

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Jimmy Connors has warned Carlos Alcaraz about arrogance following his Wimbledon win


The 20-year-old won both of his singles matches, but lost while playing alongside Rebeka Masarova in the mixed doubles.

And while Connors thinks Alcaraz can win 15 Grand Slam titles or more, he's warned the youngster to keep his feet on the ground.

Speaking on the Advantage Connors Podcast, he said: “If Carlos Alcaraz plays until he is 33. So, he has got 13 years. Let's just say he plays for 12 more years, that is 48 more slams.

"And if he doesn’t get too full of himself, I would say 15.”

He added: “That is if he doesn't think he doesn't have to go out and work hard and it's gonna come easy.

“He needs to continue what he's doing now and looks like he will.

"He has that passion, that smile, that excitement, and that feel for what he's doing."

For years, tennis has been dominated by the likes of Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Connors hopes, however, that Alcaraz's victory can pave the way for the next generation to take centre stage.

“I say that because there’s going to be some new kids coming up now, you know those who see him," he said.

“The 16, 17, and 18 who see him and say, ‘If he can do it, I can do it too! If he’s working like this, I’m working like that!’ But they are all going to find their own way.

“I think he has got to start setting the precedent now for the youth.

"It only depends on what comes up behind him because he knows what is in front of him and I don't think he's afraid of that.”


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Carlos Alcaraz has been brought crashing down to earth following Wimbledon win


Meanwhile, speaking after his defeat in the mixed doubles, Alcaraz admitted he was 'disappointed' by his failure to win.

"Honestly, I wanted to win both doubles. I always want to win the tournaments I play," he said.

"We only play [these] tournaments once a year. I’m really disappointed not to have won the mixed doubles."

Alcaraz's next tournament is expected to be the Canadian Open, with that competition due to commence on August 14.

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