Coming from the last one, he will take on Alexander Zverev in the round of 16 of the tournament in Paris this Sunday. “It’s a miracle he continues to play”, he confessed a while back.
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There is tennis, which shines, with titles, prizes, contracts and millions, and then there is another tennis, which shines less. If someone is given a gift, like Carlos Alcarazu, soar to the skies quickly, but players usually need some time to work in the shadows. “It’s been a few years,” he says, but what years. Many fall along the way. For their careers to flourish, middle-class tennis players must go through Futures and Challenger tournaments, where the demand is not only sports, but also economic. Whoever wins, deposits 10,000 or 15,000 dollars into his account. Whoever is removed, loses money. Surviving is complicated and sublime, almost impossible. Although there are always people who achieve it. For example, barnabas zapata,
At the age of 25 and after several seasons in that ‘second division’ of tennis, the Spaniard has reached the round of 16 at Roland Garros, where he will face this Sunday. Alexander Zverev (around 3:30 PM, Eurosport). “It’s the most important day of my career,” he admitted on Friday after the beating John Isner And rightly so. Before this week, he had won only one Grand Slam at the last US Open Feliciano Lopez, They already have three in Paris these days, all three against American players, Michael Momo, taylor fritz and Isner. Coming from the last one, Zapata knows the revelry of the tournament, especially considering that next week he will break into the top 100 of the ATP rankings for the first time in his life.
It is the result of the entire development path. “The truth is that it’s a miracle that he continues to play. Whenever I’ve been in a very difficult financial situation, help has come from behind”, he confessed a few years ago on the ‘Punto de Braque’ portal, Where he also told that he could not play in the junior circuit due to paucity of money. Trained at the Sporting Tennis Club, from Valencia, which he joined because of the influence of his older brother, between 2015 and 2017 he won eight Futures tournaments and three challengers between 2020 and 2021, one of them his rival in the final with Alcaraz In form of .
‘Fight’ David Ferrer In his final years on the circuit, Zapata’s growth skyrocketed last season, when he managed to break into the final draws of Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open, and this course was confirmed, many in the ATP 500 in Rotterdam or Barcelona. with victory. He suffered injustice at Roland Garros in 2020, as he did not let him compete due to a false positive for covid from his coach, in 2021 he was eliminated by Alcaraz himself in the first round in Paris and this 2022, Bounce! Everything that comes now is already a gift: it is already part of the tennis that shines. Big tournaments, prizes and predictable contracts and millions await you. Many fall by the wayside; Shoes, no.
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