“I believed I used to be simply going to simply preserve going,” he stated. “It doesn’t work like that. Identical work you probably did to rise up there, the identical work you should preserve going, preserve working more durable.”
Regardless of the cautionary tales, it’s almost unimaginable to not be swept up within the pleasure of watching new expertise burst onto the scene at one of many largest showcases in sports activities. It’s a breathless expertise that tennis has lengthy thrived on.
Alcaraz, a Spaniard already burdened by a nickname, the Subsequent Rafa, a reference to his countryman, the 20-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal, stated he knew he had turn out to be a topic of fascination again residence over the previous few days.
“I’m making an attempt not to consider this,” he stated Sunday after beating Peter Gojowczyk of Germany within the fourth spherical, his second consecutive five-set win. “Simply give attention to New York, on each day right here.”
That could be a good begin, stated Mary Carillo, the tennis commentator and a former Grand Slam doubles champion. Carillo has seen tennis crack so many rising stars, from Andrea Jaeger, who tanked matches, to Mardy Fish, who battled nervousness and psychological sickness on the peak of his profession. Her coronary heart sinks each time she sees gamers checking their telephones for what’s being stated about them on social media as quickly as they stroll off the court docket.
Survival, she stated, comes all the way down to the stuff we study in kindergarten: Get sufficient sleep; don’t speak to strangers; don’t take heed to what they are saying about you; keep away from unhealthy individuals.
“You actually higher be sure you have the correct individuals in your ball membership,” Carillo stated. “Individuals who perceive your values, your ambitions, how a lot you possibly can take and most significantly whenever you want a while to step away.”