Carlos Alcaraz possesses a myriad of show-stopping shots that captivate viewers. From his slick slice that drops the ball beside the net to his powerful forehands that he produces despite having run from one end of the court to the other, all provide ample entertainment to fans and display the pinnacle of athletic quality in a sportsman.
After a series of disappointing results that saw him fall short of regaining the world no. 1 ranking from Novak Djokovic, Alcaraz participated in an exhibition match in Mexico City against Tommy Paul and despite the game’s low-stake outcomes, Alcaraz managed to display another one of his outrageous shots that had a top WTA player gasping in awe.
Carlos Alcaraz’s incredible shot against Tommy Paul in Mexico
These past few weeks have seen Carlos Alcaraz cut a sullen figure due to his drop in form. The criticism of his game has gained volume and the Spaniard has had to rework his strategy. As he took to the court in Mexico City for the exhibition match, Alcaraz knew it was a good opportunity to forget about the result and instead engage in some helpful stroke play.
A solid crowd of 20,340 fans was present in Monumental Plaza de Toros to watch the two world-class players battle it out. And the 20-year-old Alcaraz didn’t disappoint them.
At one stage during the match, Alcaraz managed to exhibit his unique quality and showcased what set him apart from the rest of the tennis pack. After Tommy Paul seemingly flummoxed Alcaraz by lobbing the ball out of his reach, the Wimbledon champion raced to the baseline and produced a mindblowing shot straight out of the book of unorthodox tennis shots to beat Paul.
With his back facing the net, Alcaraz didn’t bother to turn around to see where Tommy Paul was. He slapped the ball from between his legs and it flew to the left of a perplexed Paul who responded by applauding and bowing to Carlos Alcaraz.
The shot not only garnered applause from viewers and players, but also created a buzz on social media. A renowned WTA player and current world No. 1 sportswoman even shared her thoughts on Alcaraz’s impressive talent.
Iga Swiatek mesmerized by Carlos Alcaraz’s breathtaking shot
Iga Swiatek was in shock at Alcaraz’s quality shotmaking after taking to X to display her appreciation in a post. No words were used to describe her feelings, but the emoji alone summarized her appreciation.
Carlos Alcaraz defeated Tommy Paul in straight sets in the match, and a following contest between Maria Sakkari and Caroline Wozniacki saw the Greek emerge victorious.
“I will take a picture to never forget this,” Alcaraz said after the match. “It has been a very special event, the truth is that I can only thank you for supporting tennis and me,” Alcaraz said.
The win caps off a season of incredible highs and disillusioning lows for Alcaraz as he will look to rework a few loopholes in his game plan and come back strong for the 2024 season, where he will look to win a third grand slam title at the Australian Open.
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