Carlos Alcaraz revealed that Nick Kyrgios sent him a message after his US Open title prediction turned out to be correct. Kyrgios, who walked out of the US Open after losing to Karen Khachanov in the quarterfinals, named Alcaraz the favorite for the tournament title even before he was beaten.
On Sunday, Alcaraz defeated Casper Ruud in the US Open final to become a Grand Slam champion at the age of 19. Shortly after Alcaraz’s win, Kyrgios sent the 19-year-old a message telling him what was going to happen.
«Honestly, I checked the Instagram DM. I saw the message from Nick Kyrgios. I didn’t read the full message, but I did read that he said, ‘I told you so,'» Alcaraz said.
«Are you going to believe what Nick Kyrgios says from now on?»
Alcaraz «Honestly, I check the Instagram DM.
Alcaraz was a little stunned after Kyrgios’ prediction
When reporters told Alcaraz about Kyrgios’ prediction, he was visibly stunned, describing it as «crazy» to hear the Australian pick him as the favorite for the US Open title.
Additionally, Alcaraz said that he felt Kyrgios was among the top favorites for the US Open title. «For me (it is) crazy that Kyrgios says that I am the favorite or that I am going to win the tournament. I would say that he is also one of the favorites.
He has the level. I would say that he is more serious off the court. I would say he plays amazing. Everybody knows that. Yes, he is also one of the favorites to win the tournament,» Alcaraz said. After Kyrgios beat Daniil Medvedev and Frances Tiafoe defeated Rafael Nadal, Kyrgios and Alcaraz met in the final.
Alcaraz managed to get out of his part of the draw, but Kyrgios didn’t after suffering an upset loss to Khachanov. By winning the US Open, Alcaraz also reached the top of the rankings. At the age of 19, Alcaraz already has a Grand Slam title to his name and is among the top 10 youngest in tennis history.