An example of «positivism and resilience». This is how it was presented Carla Suarez (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 1988) before receiving his award as City of the Racquet Special Award, at the awards of the same name that had their delivery gala last Monday in Madrid. After the ceremony, the former Spanish tennis player attended OKDIARIO and got wet about the possibilities of Carlos Alcaraz and those of Paula Badosa, whom she sees as the future number one in the WTA ranking.
Question: How does it feel to be awarded at the Ciudad de la Raqueta Awards?
Answer: Very happy. A pride, they are awards that have a long tradition and are special. That the jury thought of me makes me happy.
Q: You have moved on to a more relaxed life after your retirement.
A: I am resting a lot and disconnecting. With the family, at home. Doing things that I couldn’t do on such a regular basis before. Enjoying friends, family and now that summer is coming also good weather.
Q: Do you miss tennis?
A: A break was good for me. I had it pretty well thought out. But I follow him a lot, I follow my colleagues a lot. You always miss what you have dedicated your whole life to, the fans, traveling around the world, but I think I am enjoying it in a different way, happy that Spanish tennis is having such success.
Q: Sara Sorribes stood out at the Mutua Madrid Open with a quarterfinal. What is the roof of it?
A: She is a very hard-working girl, perhaps she is a bit in the shadow of Garbiñe and Paula but with the same merit. She is in the top 30, she is very hard to get. Hopefully he can give us a joy at Roland Garros. In Madrid she really enjoyed her tennis, with the public and hopefully we can enjoy many of her joys.
Q: Although the great irruption in Spanish tennis has been that of Carlos Alcaraz…
A: You can see that he has tremendous qualities, incredible self-confidence, his mentality, the aggressiveness of his tennis… But hey, you have to go slowly, he has shown that he can win big tournaments, the best players in the world, but you have to give him time , be patient and hopefully we can celebrate many of your successes.
Q: Are we rushing into a final between Alcaraz and Nadal at Roland Garros?
A: No, we are not rushing. Carlos is ready and Rafa has also shown us many times what he is capable of. He comes from a complicated injury, many weeks, but for Roland Garros he can be 100% and hopefully we can have that final. And if not they are the two, hopefully they are two other Spaniards.
Q: Who do you think can reach number one first, Paula Badosa or Carlos Alcaraz?
A: I think Paula, but it is true that Carlos is in total ascending progression. I don’t know the tournaments that Djokovic, Medvedev will play… Rafa is ahead of him as well. He is the player who has won the most games and his goal is close, although at the same time far away. But if I had to get wet maybe I’d tell you Paula.