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Carlos Alcaraz Targets Olympic Glory In 2024

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Carlos Alcaraz says one of his key objectives for the new season is to win a medal at the Paris Olympic Games even though he is currently ineligible to play. 

As it stands, the world No.2 doesn’t meet the criteria to play at the event which will be held at Roland Garros next year. Under rules set out by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), players must be part of their country’s Davis Cup team at least twice during an Olympic cycle. Alcaraz was on the team in 2022 but didn’t play this year. He would have had the opportunity to secure qualification in February if Spain was playing in one of the World Group ties but the country has been given a wildcard directly into the finals which take place after the Olympics. 

It is expected that Alcaraz will send a letter of appeal to the ITF via his national tennis federation arguing that the wildcard handed to Spain has taken away his chance of meeting the qualifying criteria. It is expected that the two-time Grand Slam champion will experience no issues in his appeal with his mind already set on the event. 

“It is going to be a demanding year, it is a little more special having the Olympics,” El Universal quoted Alcaraz as saying during a press conference in Mexico earlier this week.
“I really want to play. Trying to bring a medal to my country is what I would like the most and we are going to work to achieve it.”

In Olympic history, Rafael Nadal is the only Spanish player to have won a gold medal in men’s singles after he won the 2008 tournament. Coincidentally, he will also need to submit an appeal to play in 2024 after missing Davis Cup ties due to injury. 

One of Alcaraz’s biggest threats in the new year will be Novak Djokovic who beat him in straight sets at the ATP Finals earlier this month. Djokovic has won three out of the four major events this year with the only exception being Wimbledon where he was beaten by Alcaraz in the final.

“We are here to prevent him and with many other players who are capable of beating him, 2024 is going to be very intense,” the Spaniard commented.
“(I dream) of being one of the best in history, in the end, it is a big dream because in this life you have to dream big,” he added. 

On Wednesday Alcaraz took part in an exhibition event held at the Plaza de Toros México which was attended by more than 20,000 people. Taking on America’s Tommy Paul, he won their match 7-6(3), 6-3. A women’s match also took place with Maria Sakkari beating Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-4. 

According to the website Punto de Break, Alcaraz will now go on a vacation to the Dominican Republic for a week before undergoing a training block at the Juan Carlos Ferrero Academy in his home country. Before the start of the new season, he will play another exhibition match on December 27th against Djokovic in Ridayh, Saudi Arabia. 

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Daria Kasatkina And Alejandro Davidovich Fokina Lead Calls For VAR In Tennis

There have been calls for VAR to be introduced into the sport.

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Daria Kasatkina and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina have called for VAR to be implemented in tennis.

The calls have came after Andrey Rublev was disqualified from his semi-final with Alexander Bublik in Dubai.

As Bublik lead 6-5 in the final set, Rublev shouted in the face of an umpire allegedly swearing in Russian which was picked up by one of the officials.

This saw Rublev be disqualified from the event with Bublik reaching the final in Dubai.

However as a result of the incident players have called for a VAR review system with the video showing inconclusive proof of whether Rublev did swear in Russian.

Leading the calls for such innovation are Daria Kasatkina and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina as the duo called for VAR to be introduced on twitter, “So you can just disqualify a player, take away all his points and money, without even checking the video? What a joke, yet another confirmation that we need VAR in tennis and an electronic appeal system in all tournaments,” Kasatkina said on social media.

VAR has been implemented in football and also a similar system in rugby with mixed results.

It’s clear though that more technology would help umpires identify whether a grounds for disqualification would be necessary.

So far VAR has been trialled at the Next Gen Finals and the Nitto ATP Finals.

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Casper Ruud Overcomes ‘Tough Start’ To Set De Minaur Final In Acapulco

Casper Ruud is into his first ATP 500 final after defeating Holger Rune in three sets.

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Casper Ruud is into his second consecutive final in Mexico after defeating Holger Rune 3-6 6-3 6-4 in Acapulco.

The Norwegian had to overcome an electric start from Rune to prevail in 2 hours and 24 minutes.

It was a clinical performance from Ruud who is now into his second consecutive final in Mexico after reaching the final in Los Cabos last week.

Speaking after the match Ruud admitted it was a tough start but he’s pleased to be in another final, “It was a tough start,” Ruud told the ATP website.

“Holger just came out firing bullets from the forehand, from the backhand and I had not too much time to play my game. I was frustrated at times, especially at the end of the first set, beginning of the second.

“I didn’t really feel like I got to play any points how I wanted to, so there was some frustration towards myself, towards my box, because I didn’t feel like we were doing the right thing.

“But luckily with one break in the second, it turned around a bit and in the third set it got a little physical. I think maybe Holger seemed like he was struggling a little bit and started firing even more and a couple of games it went in and he broke me, which is frustrating.

“Some unforced errors crept up on him and I served really well in the last game to close it out.”

Ruud is now into his first ATP 500 final in Acapulco where he will face defending champion Alex De Minaur.

De Minaur overcame Jack Draper after the Brit retired at 4-0 down in the deciding set.

Heading into Saturday’s final, De Minaur leads the head-to-head 1-0 although that was in a completely different scoring format in the Next Gen Finals.

Whatever happens on Saturday, Ruud will return to the world’s top ten.

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Andrey Rublev Disqualified In Dramatic Dubai Semi-Final

Andrey Rublev was disqualified from his semi-final in Dubai.

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Andrey Rublev was disqualified from his semi-final with Alexander Bublik after being accused of swearing in Russian.

The event took place in Dubai where Rublev had more than enough opportunities to win the match having been 4-2 40-0 up in the deciding set.

However Bublik came back into the match as he caught up with Rublev in what was turning into a fascinating contest.

The score was at 6-5 Bublik when Rublev’s frustrations boiled over when he allegedly told the official at the side of the court that he was a ‘f****** moron’ in Russian.

One of the officials on the sidelines at the side of the court reported the incident and the supervisor ruled that Rublev should be defaulted.

The incident below means that Rublev will now lose all his ranking points and prize money, resulting in Rublev exiting the world’s top five.

An ending that didn’t warrant the dramatic contest and after the match Bublik agreed that the consequences, “I highly doubt Andrey said something crazy,” Bublik was quoted by Sports Illustrated.

“He’s not this kind of guy. But I guess that’s the rules. That’s what they did, they just follow the procedure.”

Bublik will hope for a smoother finish to the final when he takes on Ugo Humbert for the title.

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