Carlos Alcaraz defended his title while a classic women’s final came amid accusations that the WTA event was sidelined
From the moment Carlos Alcaraz took his first steps inside Madrid’s Caja Mágica this year, the level of expectations and attention resting on his shoulders was immense. His achievements as a teenager had already commanded so much attention, but in the absence of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic he was, on home soil, the show.
Throughout the fortnight at the Madrid Open, Alcaraz could not train without lines of spectators surrounding his court, who also demanded lengthy autograph sessions of him each time he walked from the practice courts to the locker room. The stadium was filled for every match he played and with an array of Spanish athletes and celebrities who waited afterwards for photographs with him outside the player lounge.
Written by Tumaini Carayol
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2023/may/08/carlos-alcaraz-savours-the-attention-as-he-returns-to-world-no-1-spot under the title “Alcaraz and Sabalenka shine but women players feel overshadowed in Madrid”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.