Spanish tennis sensation Carlos Alcaraz was verbally abused by a fan for not signing an autograph ahead of a practice session at the ongoing Italian Open in Rome. Alcaraz started off his campaign in Rome with a clinical 6-4, 6-1 win over his countryman Albert Ramos-Vinolas. But before this game, World No. 2 arrived at a practice session and walked towards the wrong gate before realizing his mistake.
Fans, who were present in large numbers at Gate No. 1, approached Alcaraz for autographs but he didn't oblige. As the Spaniard walked towards the correct court, a fan hurled abuse at Alcaraz and called "pezzo di merda", which translates to "piece of shit" in Italian. Reacting to this the recent Madrid Open walked away with a smile.
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After his maiden win in Rome, Carlos Alcaraz spoke about how it would be crazy to enter the French Open as the top seed. But he then added that being world number 1 or the second seed doesn’t hold a lot of importance for him. The Spaniard also talked about how his main focus has been on performing in the tournament but expressed entering as a World no.1 would be great.
He said, “It's great you know to be world No. 1, you know, in Roland-Garros, in a Grand Slam, it's something crazy. I couldn't believe it years ago. I am really happy, but for me, it doesn't change too much to be the world No. 1 or the No. 2 seed. I just focus on the tournament, on my game, on every match, and that's something that I try not to think about. But of course, it's something great to be No. 1.”