Alcaraz To Open Roland Garros Title Quest Against Wolf on Sunday
Carlos Alcaraz greets the ball kids on media day. May 24, 2024. Roland Garros, Paris, France. Photo credit: ©️Clèment Mahoudeau / FFT.

Court Philippe-Chatrier will host the opening round featuring third seed Carlos Alcaraz and American lucky loser J.J. Wolf in an action-packed Sunday at the French Open.

The first day of clay-court action at the French Open will see world number three and title contender Carlos Alcaraz setting off his campaign in Roland-Garros against American J.J. Wolf on Sunday day session.

Lately, the two-time Slam winner has struggled with a right forearm injury, which prevented the Spaniard from preparing his clay court swing as usual.

When he steps foot on Court Philippe-Chatrier to face off against Wolf, Alcaraz will be playing in his second red clay event this season.

Despite the lack of match fitness, the Murcia-born arrived in Paris showing signs of optimism during his press conference on Friday.

I am feeling better. At least I can practice and hit balls without pain. That is a really good point for me,” he asserted.

After claiming the Indian Wells title for the first time in his career last March, Alcaraz failed to continue his run of form, falling in the quarterfinals to eventual Miami Open runner-up Grigor Dimitrov at the Hard Rock Stadium.

Furthermore, the injury forced him to pull out from the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters and Barcelona, where he was the defending champion in his home event.

He would only contest his first match on clay in Madrid, losing in the last eight to Andrey Rublev, who ultimately captured his second Masters 1000 crown.

Then, he withdrew from the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, focussing on his recovery ahead of the second Slam of the season.

The 21-year-old knows he is not at his top level, yet he will look to build a consistent campaign to dig deep into the prestigious major.

Honestly, I came here with not as many matches as I wanted, but I am focusing on the practice.

I’m practicing well, and getting in rhythm, getting confidence [from] practice that is really important, and I think I don’t need too many matches to get my 100 percent.”

Probably, I’m a little bit scared about hitting every forehand 100 percent. So I have to change it in my first match.”

The 2023 semifinalist and the 25-year-old lucky loser have never met one another before at tour level.

For his part, the former World No. 39 from Cincinnati is not having a good season.

As of today, he has competed in seven ATP tournaments, exiting early or missing to qualify, and four ATP Challengers.

His best result in 2024 came a week ago, playing the Piemonte Open Intesa Sanpaolo Challenger in Turin, where he advanced to the quarterfinals, falling to Italian Lorenzo Sonego in straight sets.

Cecilia demartini
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