Days After Carlos Alcaraz’s Dig, ATP Tour Receives Further Flak After Novak Djokovic’s Dominance in Turin

Published 11/19/2023, 8:32 AM EST

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The world of tennis has always been known for its high levels of integrity. Being consistent across the globe, the events are scheduled in a balanced manner so that players as well as fans from all around the world can take part and enjoy the excitement that the tours provide. However, sometimes the players might feel the presence of a slight gap existing in the elements of play which, Carlos Alcaraz recently became an example of.

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As the ATP Finals in Turin unfolded the immense action that it carried for the fans, Spanish rising star Carlos Alcaraz reported the surface as very fast compared to that of every other tournament played this season. While the report came forward with the former world no. 1’s end, the authorities and the fans found it hard to resist. As the young talent lost his semi-final match against Novak Djokovic, a renowned former tennis figure stood ahead to support the 20-year-old.

Carlos Alcaraz gets support from 69YO legendary tennis figure over slamming ATP

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Renowned 69-year-old former tennis star, Paul McNamee, came forward with his dissatisfaction with the ATP’s decision regarding the playing surface for the recent ATP finals in Turin. As the semi-final match between Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz concluded towards Djokovic’s end, the 69YO, along with the young Spaniard, slammed the ATP for the irrelevant decision at the year-end tournament.

McNamee recently raised his thoughts on Twitter as he expressed his demand that ATP should take responsibility for the unexpected conclusion to the match. He mentioned, “63 62 was a masterclass by Djokovic over Alcaraz, the second best player in the world. Ultimately though an anti climax…. but ATP have themselves to blame by laying such a quick surface…imo not a way to showcase the two best players.”

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McNamee’s critique, after Carlos Alcaraz’s raised voice leading to his disappointing defeat in the semi-final match, raised questions about the ATP’s decision-making process in choosing surfaces for high-value matches.

Carlos Alcaraz’s views on the unexpected playing conditions

After losing his match against Novak Djokovic in Turin, Carlos Alcaraz opened up to express his dissatisfaction with the playing surface chosen for the year-end championship. The young Spanish tennis sensation stated, “This surface is the fastest of the year, that’s for sure.”

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Along with questioning the decision to commence the tournament on such a quick surface, Alcaraz mentioned the frequency of slow-paced courts used throughout the year. The young player expressed his disagreement over the sudden change in court conditions, stating, “I don’t know why they put this kind of surface at the end of the year because all the tournaments that we have played on hard court are so, so slow. Then we come here to the [year-end championship] and the courts are so fast.”

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Carlos Alcaraz’s candid remarks not only sounded similar to what McNamee’s thoughts suggested but also raised concerns about the consistency in choosing surfaces across the tennis calendar. As players adapt to various court speeds throughout the year, the sudden transition to an evidently fast surface for the year-end championship becomes a concerning point for the players.

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Akshay Kapoor

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Born into a family that practically breathes tennis, I spent my early childhood days huddled together with my loved ones, watching the electrifying rallies of the legendary Rafael Nadal. Such a unique experience forged a lifelong love for the sport in me. Before joining EssentiallySports, I honed my skills while working for a regional website, covering a variety of sports.
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