Alcaraz’s Mental Fatigue: A Hurdle to Overcome
Before the highly anticipated match against Daniil Medvedev in the ATP Finals, Juan Carlos Ferrero, the coach of Carlos Alcaraz, took the opportunity to address the recent downturn in his performance during the last quarter of the season.
Alcaraz attributed his struggles to “mental fatigue” following his defeat against Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the US Open. Ferrero echoed this sentiment, acknowledging the challenges faced by a young player like Alcaraz.
“At just 20 years old, Alcaraz still has a lot to learn and experience. These situations reveal the areas where improvement is needed, both in terms of tennis skills and mental resilience,” Ferrero explained in an interview with ‘SER’.
He further emphasized the demanding nature of playing at a high level, week after week, against top-ranked opponents. This constant pressure can push players to the brink of mental exhaustion.
Ferrero made it clear that if Alcaraz aspires to be the best, he must adopt the mindset and professionalism of the best players in the world. This means minimizing breaks and maintaining a consistent work ethic throughout the year.
“As I mentioned in a recent interview, Alcaraz needs to understand that the tennis season is long and requires dedication. If he wants to be the best, he must act like the best and remain committed to his profession year-round. We have to accept the demands of the calendar,” added Ferrero.