Carlos Alcaraz, 19, easily defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas, 24, 6-3, 6-4 during the final of the 2023 Barcelona Open.
Alcaraz is ranked as world No. 2 and Tsitsipas No. 5.
Alcaraz has recovered from injury
For Ponkka, who is one of America’s preeminent coaches, he paid particular attention to Taylor Fritz’s, 25, performance.
“He’s seen as a hardcourt player but played fantastic in the Monte-Carlo Masters. “It’s a great sign for the French Open.”
Fritz is ranked as No. 10 in the world and is the highest ranked American player.
Vesa Ponkka is one of America’s preeminent tennis coaches. Photo credit: Courtesy
In Monte-Carlo, Fritz lost to Andrey Rublev in the semi-final. The Russian, who is ranked No. 6 in the world, won the tournament. Fritz defeated Tsitsipas in Monte-Carlo, who has won the tournament twice.
On what’s next for the grueling world of men’s tennis, Ponkka explains that “it will be interesting to see over the next couple of weeks who the top eight to 10 players will be during the clay court season.”
The veteran coach’s advice is to keep an eye on Fritz, Alcaraz, Holger Rune, and Rublev.
The Barcelona Open (currently sponsored by Banc Sabadell) is an annual tennis tournament for male professional player