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Alcaraz prefers Paris Olympics tennis gold over French Open crown

Carlos Alcaraz will have the opportunity to compete for both the Olympic tennis title and the French Open crown at Roland Garros this year.

While aiming for success in both, the Spaniard expressed that if he had to choose, he would prioritize winning the Paris Games gold.

The Olympic tennis tournament is scheduled for July, following the French Open on the same clay courts in the French capital.

“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 won the U.S. Open in 2022 and Wimbledon last year but failed to add to his Grand Slam collection last month after going out in the Australian Open quarterfinals to Alexander Zverev, who won Olympic gold in Tokyo.

While German Zverev leads their career meetings 5-3, Alcaraz said world No. 1 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 No. 2 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.”

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