Roger Federer’s Coach Unhappy With Scheduling of Carlos Alcaraz vs Jannik Sinner at Paris Masters 2021

Published 11/02/2021, 10:59 PM EDT
Tennis – ATP 500 – Erste Bank Open – Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria – October 30, 2021 Italy’s Jannik Sinner in action during his semi final match against Frances Tiafoe of the U.S. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner


20-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner and 18-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz are inarguably two of the most promising future tennis stars. Not to mention they both have had an incredible 2021 season. Accordingly, Ivan Ljubicic, coach of Roger Federer, opposed Sinner and Alcaraz’s first-ever career meeting at Rolex Paris Masters 1000 scheduled on Court 1 instead of Centre Court.

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Indeed, it is the battle of the ages and one of the most exciting matchups recently. And considering Sinner and Alcaraz’s achievements this year, the tennis society cannot wait to witness this match.

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What’s most interesting, the 20-year-old Italian recently debuted in the ATP Top 10 Rankings. Moreover, Sinner has an open chance to qualify for the ATP Finals 2021 Turin now. But can Alcaraz cause him a big upset in Paris?

Roger Federer’s coach on Jannik Sinner vs. Carlos Alcaraz

Reasonably, the entire tennis fraternity has high hopes for the Sinner-Alcaraz clash in Paris. As a result, Federer‘s coach Ivan Ljubicic had couldn’t accept that their match would not get the Centre Court. He wrote on Twitter, “Sinner Alcaraz court 1 tomorrow… Just NO.”

Despite that, the excitement behind their first-ever professional did not go down. Fascinatingly, the 18-year-old Alcaraz has registered big wins over Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andy Murray, and many others this year. Hence, it makes the challenge even more intriguing.

Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Carlos Alcaraz of Spain reacts after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece (not pictured) on day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

On the other side, Sinner has won 4 ATP titles this season and is currently holding the 8th qualification spot in the Race to Turin. Correspondingly, it is a much-need win for him to keep his chances alive.

Aug 8, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Jannik Sinner of Italy celebrates during the singles finals match against Mackenzie McDonald of the United States (not pictured) at Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Above all, both Sinner and Alcaraz will showcase a glimpse into the future of tennis. And only the hungrier for victory between the two will go ahead and make it into the last 16 in Bercy.

Who will take the Centre Court instead of Sinner and Alcaraz in Paris Bercy?

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Frenchmen Gael Monfils and Adrian Mannarino will take the Centre Court in Paris in front of their home crowd. Indeed, an all-French battle in the French capital makes up for the big stage.

Oct 10, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Gael Monfils (FRA) smiles after defeating Gianluca Mager (ITA) in his second round match during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

However, tennis fans wouldn’t want to miss the battle of the ages at any cost. Given Sinner and Alcaraz’s 2021 season, the encounter will not be shorter than any great tennis encounters.

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Who would you be supporting in this one, Italian force Sinner of Spanish teenage sensation Alcaraz?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 1000 tennis articles.

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