Alcaraz and Djokovic celebrate the first act of 2024 in Arabia

Arabia Saudi It will soon be a permanent venue for the tennis circuits (also for women, despite the reluctance regarding women’s rights in the country). And the meeting on Wednesday the 27th between Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz in Riad It will be, despite being an exhibition, in practice the ‘founding event’ of the new state of things. And, also, the first practical act of the 2024 season.

Los points at stake and the fight for number 1 They will arrive with the United Cupthis same week and especially from Open the Australiain mid-January, but the preseasons They are already finished and what can be seen in the Saudi capital will be the weapons with which the number 1 and number 2 in the world will fight their first battles.

For Novak the starter will be the vigsimoprimera season on the circuit, since he debuted there in 2004 and fulfilled throughout his 37 at. He seems, however, to have stopped time more effectively than a Raphael. Nadal with whom he may face again this year: Last season he showed very few cracks in his dictatorship on the circuit, but one of them caused a Carlos Alcaraz 20 years to beat him Wimbledon.

This year ‘Nole’ begins with the quite declared objective of ‘Golden Slam‘and the certain resentment of not seeing his coaches recognized by the ATP as Coaches of the Year, which is why he ironically said ‘overcome‘.

The fact that Carlos Alcaraz having been elected to this party represents not only a recognition of his current position in the ranking and the merits that have led to it, but also ‘designates’ him as the greatest aspiring to the Novak throne, whether by conquest or inheritance, ahead of Sinner o Medvedev, For example. And Carlos takes it very seriously. This week it has been training -even on Christmas Eve- at the JC Ferrero Academy alongside, precisely, Jannik Sinner. He knows that this first contact is important. And just 24 hours later, by the way, he will play in Murcia against Roberto Bautista.

Before Alcazar-Djokovic they will play in Riyadh Ons Jabeur and Aryna Sabalenka. It is also significant: despite the favorable position of the WTA, in women’s tennis there is reluctance to disembark in a country where women do not enjoy full rights.


2023. ATP Finals. Semifinals. Djokovic 6-3, 6-2.

2023. Cincinnati. Final. Djokovic 5-7, 7-6, 7-6.

2023. Wimbledon. Final. Alcaraz 1-6, 7-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4

2023. Roland Garros. Semifinals. Djokovic 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1

2022. Madrid. Semifinals. Alcaraz 6-7, 7-5, 7-6


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