Carlos Alcaraz prefers Paris Olympics Gold over French Open title

The Olympic tennis tournament will be held in July

By Web Desk
February 13, 2024
Carlos Alcaraz slides during a match. - AFP

Spanish tennis star Carlos Alcaraz has said that he will choose the Paris Olympics Gold over the French Open if forced to make a pick between the two.

The Olympic tennis tournament will be held in July, a month after the year's second Grand Slam on the same clay courts in Paris.

"For me, it's a dream to bring a medal to my country and winning gold is one of the greatest things that can happen to you in the world of sport," Alcaraz told reporters in Buenos Aires, where he will defend his title this week.

"This year, if you gave me a choice, I'd say that I will keep the Olympic gold, although I would like to win both. I'm not going to lie."

The 20-year-old clinched the US Open in 2022 and Wimbledon last year but failed to add to his Grand Slam tally last month after crashing out of the Australian Open in the quarter-finals to Alexander Zverev, who won Olympic gold in Tokyo.

While German Zverev has the advantage in their career meetings 5-3, Alcaraz said world number one Novak Djokovic and Melbourne Park champion Jannik Sinner were top of the tree.

"I think Djokovic and Sinner are the rivals to beat, there is no doubt, both for me and for everyone," world number two Alcaraz added.

"Zverev also has the winning head-to-head against me, he's a rival I have very much in my mind, but I do think that Djokovic and Sinner are at the top right now."