“He’s grown up very fast, he believes in himself and he’s had to grow up very fast mentally.
“He needs to be even more mature on and off the court, he needed some real order off the court at the beginning – the rest, the food, the recover – as soon as he took that then his level increased very fast.”
For Ferrero this is only the first step, alongside the explosive pace and solid repertoire of shots, he wants more from his pupil.
“His serve, his forehand, he can go forward to the net more, not stay at the baseline too much. He can improve on hard courts, gain experience on grass,” stated the Spaniard. “That’s the exciting thing as he has so much to improve. He’s young, [has] a lot of potential.”
Ferrero first witnessed Alcaraz in action as a 12-year-old. The teenager’s manager Albert Molina is a long-time friend.
There had been brief discussions of him taking Alcaraz under his wing, but then at a tournament at Equelite, Ferrero’s academy in Villena, Spain, it all changed.