Carlos Alcaraz registered his 21st successive victory in Spain as he beat Jan-Lennard Stuff in the finals 2023 Madrid Open. The 20-year old won his fourth title this season, and is clearly a step above the competition at the moment. Daniela Hantuchova, a former tennis player, has accused Carlos Alcaraz of unfair favoritism at the Madrid Open.
The Spaniard needed to dig deep in order to win the finals against JanLennardStruff on Sunday. Former Slovakian tennis player believes the courts were deliberately made slower to favor the winner of the recent Masters tournament.
Carlos Alcaraz only dropped one set before reaching the finals in Madrid, which is a testament to his dominance. Before facing Jan-Lennard, the top seed had beaten the likes Borna Koric, Karen Khachanov and Alexander Zverev in straight sets.
Daniela Hantuchova is convinced that courts are intentionally slow.
Daniela Hantuchova remarked that the groundspeople watered twice the court, making it much slower. Carlos Alcaraz thrives under such conditions.
I do want to mention that the grounds people watered the court two times since we started talking. Daniela said, “I feel that they are trying to slow down the court to make it easier for Carlos so return this serve.”
Carlos Alcaraz has a right to be proud of his win at Madrid, especially after the way he’s been playing against his rivals during this clay court season. He will next be playing in Rome as he prepares for his third Masters title this year. Last season, the injury forced the Spaniard to withdraw from Italian Masters.