Carlos Alcaraz Practices with Rising Star Joao Fonseca Ahead of ATP Finals
By Kevin Palmer | November 9, 2023
Carlos Alcaraz, the rising tennis sensation, is gearing up for the ATP Finals in Turin and recently had a practice session with one of the brightest stars of the game.
Earlier this week, Alcaraz also hit the court with world No. 4 Jannik Sinner, further solidifying his reputation as the most talked-about junior player in the game.
The 17-year-old Joao Fonseca, the 2023 US Open champion, joined Alcaraz for the practice session. Fonseca has already made a name for himself in the tennis world, reaching the quarter-finals in the junior events at this year’s Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon. He then solidified his status as the biggest young star in the game by winning the final junior major of 2023.
Fonseca currently holds the No. 1 spot in the ITF Junior rankings and has his sights set on making a leap into the senior ranks in 2024.
In a previous interview with the ITF, Fonseca shared his tennis journey and his aspirations for the future. “I started playing tennis when I was four years old,” he said. “I come from a sport family where everybody plays sport. I started with my mom, who loves tennis, and I fell in love with the sport too.”
He continued, “There is a long way to go, and I just have to trust my coaches and my family, who support me a lot. I am just enjoying myself, and I am so happy.”
When asked to describe his brand of tennis, Fonseca emphasized his aggressive style. “I am aggressive and I like to end a point in three shots – I don’t like to run a lot. I would describe myself as a very aggressive player.”
Fonseca also revealed his favorite players, including Carlos Alcaraz and Alexander Zverev, as well as Brazilian legend Gustavo Kuerten. After winning the Junior US Open title, he delivered mature comments to the media, expressing his gratitude to those who have supported him and his determination to achieve more success.
Alcaraz was reportedly impressed by the quality of the shots Fonseca served up during their practice session in Turin. Tennis fans may not have to wait long to witness these two young players face off in a competitive match.
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