“It Hurt Me a Lot”: Carlos Alcaraz Opens Up on Difficult Experience Against Fans at Paris Masters 2021

Published 11/06/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Carlos Alcaraz of Spain in action against Cameron Norrie of Great Britain in a first round match on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports


Carlos Alcaraz recently lost to Hugo Gaston in the pre-quarters of the Rolex Paris Masters 2021. Surprisingly, the Frenchman defeated him in straight sets and knocked him out of the tournament. The final scoreline of the match was 6-4, 7-5.

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It was probably the first time that Carlos Alcaraz was playing against the crowd at any tournament in his professional career. Thus, he felt the pressure pile on immensely which didn’t allow him to perform well.

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Carlos Alcaraz feels it is never easy to play against the crowd

In a recent Instagram post, Alcaraz wrote a long caption explaining what went wrong during his match against Gaston at the Rolex Paris Masters 2021. The Spaniard penned down that even though he was mentally ready to play against the crowd; he didn’t expect such a difficult atmosphere.

“It is never easy to play with the public against and yesterday it proved. I knew it would be difficult to deal with the atmosphere that existed but I could not imagine that it could be so heavy,” wrote Alcaraz in the caption of his Instagram post.

Alcaraz stated that despite getting hurt, he is ready to learn and adapt himself. He also highlighted that he will come back stronger in the next tournament.

“My first time in this situation was not easy for me, it hurt me a lot not to know how to deal with that pressure but like everything in life, we fall but we get up and move on, the most important thing is to learn from these situations and I am sure that I will come back stronger and with lessons learned,” added the 18-year-old.

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Alcaraz thanks his fans for their continuous support and encouragement

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In the same caption, Alcaraz thanked all his fans for supporting, motivating, and encouraging him during this tough time. The rising star also seems quite happy to receive some really good messages from his fans.

Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Carlos Alcaraz of Spain reacts after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece. Day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

“I want to thank you for all the messages of encouragement that I have received since the game ended, you do not know how much it can help me to see your support and encouragement, THANK YOU VERY MUCH! Now it’s time to take those lessons and think about Milan next week at Next Gen Finals,” concluded the Spaniard.

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After getting eliminated from the Rolex Paris Masters 2021, Carlos Alcaraz will now play at the Next Gen Finals 2021. Will he be able to conquer Milan this year?

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Anshul Singh is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 1000 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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