During the Laureus World Sports Awards Carlos Alcaraz was on the same stage as none other than the football legend Lionel Messi. The internet was ablaze with excitement when fans saw the exchange between the two.
Since 1999, the Laureus Sports Awards have been held to recognize extraordinary athletes and sporting victories. Alcaraz received the Breakthrough of the year award this year for his outstanding accomplishments. In 2022 the Spaniard won two ATP 1000 Masters and his first Grand Slam at the US Open.
Alcaraz was able to meet Lionel Messi during the Gala. He received the “Sportsman of the year award”. The Argentine accepted the Argentine’s ‘Team Of The Year Award on behalf of Argentina. The interaction occurred when the Spanish player answered the reporter. They had a friendly exchange while shaking hands on the red-carpet.
Their meeting attracted a lot attention on the Internet. Fans celebrated the interaction between both players as they showed ‘nothing more than respect’. Tennis is known as the World No. The star footballer was a lucky 2nd for having met him.
Alcaraz is making his Italian Open debut after missing last year’s tour. After winning the final match against Jan-Lennard Stuff, he successfully defended his Madrid Open trophy. After his win in straight sets over Stefanos Tissipas, he also won the Barcelona Open Trophy.
Carlos Alcaraz is on a mission at the Roland Garros
Carlos Alcaraz is one of the most dangerous players in the French Open. The Spaniard already has two titles in ATP Tours, Barcelona and Madrid. He stated clearly that he sees himself as a ‘top candidate’ for the Grand Slam.
After a difficult start to his season, the US Open champion was forced to withdraw due to injury from the Australian Open. Since his return, he’s become a constant force on the court. His ‘unbeatable form’ could prevent Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic from achieving their Grand Slam. Mats Wilander, a seven-time Major winner, said that the Spaniard will have a huge impact on tennis, and that there is a possibility that he could decide the “future” of the sport.
“There’s a big chance, because I saw what happened in Indian Wells, where Alcaraz won the championship, because of his talent, joy and the variety of shots he can use.” “When it comes to different matchups, Alcaraz has more options when he is in charge the rally than any other tennis player I’ve seen except Roger Federer”, said he during an interview with Eurosports.
He also praised him for his versatility and patience in dealing with pressure situations. “It seems like it doesn’t matter what the other player does, if they do not have the power. When he controls it, he is able to hit so many variety shots and he has confidence in them. He has the hands and he’s explosive”, he added.
The new generation of players like Holger Rune, Janiik Siner, Casper Ruud and Daniil Medivedev will be a challenge to the Spaniard. Alcaraz won the Indian Wells Masters after beating Daniil Medidev in straight sets.