Carlos Alcaraz admits father likely filmed Novak Djokovic Wimbledon session, denies malice

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'My father is a huge fan of tennis,' Alcaraz says

Top-ranked men’s tennis player Carlos Alcaraz admitted Wednesday that his father likely was filming defending Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic during a training session this week, as was alleged by Serbian media, but he said the intentions behind the recordings weren’t malicious. 

Serbian news broadcaster B92 reported this week that Alcaraz and his team, which included his father, were present during one of Djokovic’s training sessions on Monday. According to the report, Alcaraz’s father began filming.

Novak Djokovic in action at Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic of Serbia in action against Andrey Rublev during the Men's Singles Quarter Final match during day nine of The Championships Wimbledon 2023 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2023 in London. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

"That's the situation we are all in, the circumstances are such that we don't have privacy in training, although sometimes I would like to have more privacy," Djokovic said in response, according to the outlet.

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"The fact is that you are not completely relaxed in training. You know your rivals are there, you know everyone is looking over your shoulder at what's going on, what you're working on. Every shot is measured, evaluated and assessed. That, through some analysis, affects the eventual meeting with Alcaraz or anyone tomorrow."

Alcaraz was questioned about the report during his quarterfinal press conference.

Carlos Alcaraz looks on during his quarterfinal match

Carlos Alcaraz of Spain looks on against Holger Rune of Denmark in the Men's Singles Quarter Final match during day ten of The Championships Wimbledon 2023 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 12, 2023 in London. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

He seemingly confirmed it but clarified that the intentions behind filming Djokovic were nothing more than admiration.

"Probably, it is true. My father is a huge fan of tennis. He doesn’t only watch my matches. I think he gets into the club at 11 a.m. and gets out at 10 p.m., watching matches, watching practice from everyone."

He continued, "Being able to watch Djokovic in real life, yeah, probably it is true he’s filmed the sessions."

Alcaraz denied gaining any sort of competitive advantage from the recordings, saying he’s seen "a lot of videos from Djokovic on every platform."

The practice courts at Wimbledon are accessible to reporters and a limited number of fans. Players also practice on adjacent courts that have no walls or barriers between them.

Fans attend Djokovic's training session

Novak Djokovic of Serbia arrives to train during day 11 of The Championships Wimbledon 2023 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 13, 2023 in London. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Alcaraz is one match away from potentially playing Djokovic in the Wimbledon final, but first he’ll face Daniil Medvedev on Friday, who is playing in his first semifinal match at the All England Club.

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