Who Is Carlos Alcaraz’s Coach?

Published 05/11/2022, 12:15 PM EDT
VApr 1, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) salutes the crowd after his match against Hubert Hurkacz (POL)(not pictured) in a men’s singles semifinal in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Carlos Alcaraz has been in the news, these last few days and for good reason too! The Spaniard who very recently turned 19 has shown signs of such greatness; with an elite display of skills, determination, and the will to learn. The tennis fraternity has been taking note of Alcaraz for quite some time now, but his 2022 season so far has been phenomenal, to say the least.

Alcaraz’s phenomenal season

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He began his season with the Australian Open, where he lost in the third round to Matteo Berrettini, in an epic five-set match. But since then he has veritably been on fire! He has gone on to win all the other tournaments he has participated in; except the Indian Wells Masters, where he reached the semifinals.

Tennis – ATP 500 – Barcelona Open – Real Club de Tenis Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain – April 24, 2022 Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz Garfia celebrates with the trophy after winning the final match against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta REUTERS/Albert Gea

His improvement in terms of matches from last year is definitely something experts are taking note of. Along with his success what is being discussed in the tennis circles is that he must be having a great coaching team on his side and that he is the rightful prince, ready to take on the mantle from the Big Three- Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic.

Of the Big Three, his idol and compatriot Rafael Nadal’s career projection had been quite similar to his; starting from a similar age and breaking into the top 10 almost at the same time in their careers!

MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 05: Rafael Nadal of Spain and Carlos Alcaraz of Spain pose for a picture before their second round match during day seven of the Mutua Madrid Open at La Caja Magicaon May 05, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Who coaches Carlos Alcaraz?

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Coaching an elite player on the professional circuit is no easy thing. And shaping such raw talent to actually win matches and have results to show us, is yet another tough task. For anyone asking, the man responsible for guiding Carlos Alcaraz to his newfound success is yet another Spanish former player-Juan Carlos Ferrero. Ferrero himself is a former World No. 1 who won the French Open in 2003. He also has 16 ATP singles titles to his name.

In Spain, Alcaraz used to train at the JC Ferrero-Equelite Academy, the academy run by Juan Carlos. It was there that the former World No. 1 took note of the talent in Carlos. He started to coach Alcaraz as soon as he turned 16. It was under his guidance that he became the newcomer f the year. And then the winner of 5 career titles, in such a short span of time.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 03: Juan Carlos Ferrero (R), coach of Carlos Alcaraz of Spain looks on during the Men’s Singles third round match against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece. Day Five of the US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 03, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

“He contributes to my knowledge in a way that other coaches probably wouldn’t be able to. He understands the situations that I’m living in now because he experienced them in the past. He knows how to manage the pressure… It’s not easy for me to talk openly but I trust him, and I always try to tell him how I feel physically and mentally. If I have any problem, I can speak with him and he gives me his advice. He is very helpful.” Alcaraz said about his coach.

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Ferrero on the hand is aware of all the comparisons that Alcaraz will have to face during his career. This is especially with regards to him being Nadal’s protégé. But, he maintains that his charge is a player of his own, talented and capable of doing great things of his own accord!

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Rishma Banerjee

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Rishma Banerjee is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having done her masters in Political Science with International Relations from Jadavpur University, Rishma's outlet from the hustle-bustle of academics has always been sports, especially Tennis. A die-hard fan of Rafael Nadal, she admires his grit, determination and dedication towards always being better. When not writing content for firms dealing with fintech to social media marketing to sports, she finds herself in journals and books dealing with geopolitics and strategic studies or scrolling endlessly through Tumblr!

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