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Alcaraz: Would pick Olympic gold over French title

Carlos Alcaraz will have the chance to win the Olympic men’s tennis tournament at Roland Garros this year, as well as the French Open crown — and while he will be gunning for both, the Spaniard said if forced to choose he would pick Paris gold.

The Olympic tournament will take place in July, a month after the year’s second Grand Slam 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 be defending his title at the Argentina Open 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 US 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 Germany’s Alexander Zverev, who won Olympic gold in Tokyo.

While Zverev leads their career meetings 5-3, Alcaraz said world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Australian Open 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,” Alcaraz, the current world No. 2, said. “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.”

Reuters contributed to this report.

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