SHOCKING! Carlos Alcaraz Receives Code Violation During His Tragic Loss in Winston-Salem Open 2021 SFs

Published 08/28/2021, 12:18 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 5, 2021 Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz Garfia in action during his round of 32 match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Sergio Perez


18-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz has had a spectacular 2021 season. To top it all, he even reached the semifinals at the Winston-Salem 2021 tournament. However, the high-stake match pushed the teenager in a disastrous manner.

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Throughout the tournament, Alcaraz showed absolute determination to set his rhythm for the upcoming US Open 2021. Accordingly, the 15th seed played some of his best tennis to reach the last four in North Carolina. But in the end, the story concluded with the Spaniard losing his nerves inappropriately.

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Facing Sweden’s Mikael Ymer in the semifinal, Alcaraz picked up a good start to book a seat in the final. But along the way, he lost his footing.

Notably, at 6-5 down in the opening set, the Spanish teenager spiraled down with his game. He even served a double fault when facing set point, causing him to lose the first set 7-5.

Afterward, in the second set, a frustrated Alcaraz received a code violation for ball abuse. Although already a break down, he gave an unexpected twist-ending to his Winston-Salem campaign.

Summing up, Alcaraz gave away a 3-5 lead in the opening set to lose 7-5, 6-3 at the ATP 250 Winston-Salem Open. Consequently, he would now have to regroup more than before to be ready for the US Open 2021.

In a blockbuster Winston-Salem Open 2021 final, Mikael Ymer will go up against Ilya Ivashka for the title. Interestingly, it is a maiden ATP tour-level final for both players.

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Since the start of the 2021 season, Alcaraz picked up some exceptional wins on the ATP Tour, especially in the clay-court season. Most significantly, he celebrated his 18th birthday on the court with his idol, Rafael Nadal.

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Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 5, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz Garfia after their round of 32 match REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Building on his game since then, Alcaraz has made himself a tough contender on the men’s circuit. Hence, the loss in North Carolina will motivate him to do well in New York from next week.

As per the draw, the 18-year-old will open his American Grand Slam campaign against British talent Cameron Norrie. Although it is a mammoth task for him to clear the first round, he will look to bring in his best tennis to cause an upset.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a 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 500 tennis articles.

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