US Open and Wimbledon champion, world No 1, Ferrero: Everything you always wanted to know about Carlos Alcaraz (but never had time to find out) – updated after ATP Finals 2024
Carlos Alcaraz has won two Grand Slam titles and has already been ranked world No 1. Here’s everything you need to know about the Spaniard
Who is Carlos Alcaraz?
Carlos Alcaraz is a Spanish tennis player on the men’s ATP Tour. He made history at the 2022 US Open when he won his first Grand Slam title, becoming the youngest man ever to become world No 1. Alcaraz won his second Grand Slam title when he won Wimbledon in 2023, beating Novak Djokovic in the final.
Has Carlos Alcaraz ever played in the Laver Cup?
Carlos Alcaraz will play in the Laver Cup for the first time in 2024, it was announced in November 2023, when Team Europe’s Bjorn Borg chose him as one of his captain’s picks.
It followed Roger Federer’s earlier comments expressing his wish for the Spaniard to play the competition.
How many Grand Slam titles has Carlos Alcaraz won?
Two. He won his first at the US Open in 2022, when he beat Casper Ruud in four sets. Alcaraz became the youngest man ever to be ranked world No1, as a result. He won his second Grand Slam title when he beat Novak Djokovic in an epic, five-set final at Wimbledon in 2023.
What did Carlos Alcaraz do at the 2023 ATP Finals?
Carlos Alcaraz reached the semi-finals of the 2023 ATP Finals, where he lost to Novak Djokovic in a one-sided, straight sets defeat.
He lost his opening match to Zverev, before beating both Rublev and Medvedev in straight sets to top the group and qualify in first place.
What did Carlos Alcaraz do at Wimbledon 2023?
Carlos Alcaraz won his maiden Wimbledon title in 2023. He beat Novak Djokovic in the final in a five-set epic. In doing so, Alcaraz held on to his No 1 ranking.
He broke Djokovic’s 45-match winning streak on Centre Court, as well as his 34-match winning streak at Wimbledon and the Serb’s 34-match winning streak at Grand Slams.
He had dropped two sets in the tournament – one in the Round of 16 to Matteo Berrettini, and one in the third round to 25th seed Nicolas Jarry – en route to the final, before dropping a further two to Djokovic.
What did Carlos Alcaraz do at the US Open in 2023?
Carlos Alcaraz was the defending champion and world No 1 going into the US Open in 2023 – but knew that if Novak Djokovic won a single match, he would take over at the top of the rankings.
Alcaraz reached the semi-finals in New York, losing to Daniil Medvedev 7-6 (3), 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.
He followed that loss up with a run to the semi-finals of the China Open in Beijing, losing to Jannik Sinner in that match, before going down to Grigor Dimitrov 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 in the Shanghai Masters the following week.
How many ATP titles has Carlos Alcaraz won?
Alcaraz has won 12 ATP singles titles, as of November 7, 2023. Alcaraz won his maiden ATP title at Umag on July 25, 2021. The Spaniard became the youngest player to win an ATP title on tour since 2008, when Kei Nishikori won the title at Delray Beach. He also became the youngest title winner in Umag history and the third-youngest ATP title winner since 2000.
Alcaraz picked up his second title in Rio de Janeiro in February 2022, beating Diego Schwartzman in the final. He followed it up by winning his third, in Miami, where he defeated Ruud in straight sets. He won on clay in Barcelona and then in Madrid, making his record in finals 5-0.
Following that, he won the US Open in September 2022, followed by the Argentina Open, Barcelona, Madrid, Queen’s Club then Wimbledon in 2023.
What did Carlos Alcaraz do at Roland-Garros 2023?
Carlos Alcaraz broke new ground at Roland-Garros 2023 by reaching the semi-finals of the tournament for the first time. It was only his second appearance at a Grand Slam semi-final, bettering his quarter-final finish in Paris the year prior. Alcaraz beat Tsitsipas in straight sets in the quarter-final in what was a surprisingly one-sided match.
He faced Novak Djokovic in the semi-final for one of the most highly-anticipated matches in recent memory, but suffered cramp in the third set, and ended up losing 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1.
What did Carlos Alcaraz do at the Argentina Open in 2023?
After 104 days out because of an abdominal injury, Carlos Alcaraz returned to the tour in style as he won the Argentina Open title in February 2023, beating Cameron Norrie in the final. “It’s really special,” he said. At 19l, he is the youngest winner in the tournament’s history.
Did Carlos Alcaraz play the Australian Open in 2023?
No. Sadly, he suffered an abdominal injury during the Paris Masters in 2022. The 19-year-old missed the ATP Finals, Davis Cup Finals and then, after picking up a leg issue, missed the Australian Open, which cost him his world No 1 ranking.
What did Carlos Alcaraz do at the US Open in 2022?
Carlos Alcaraz won his first Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2022. He beat Casper Ruud 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (1), 6-3 to win the title, making him the first teenager to win a men’s slam title since Rafael Nadal at Roland-Garros in 2005. The victory also lifted him to the world No 1 ranking for the first time.
“It’s something I’ve dreamed of ever since I was a kid,” the 19-year-old said.
In the days afterwards, he admitted that the US Open was the Slam that suited him best – and that Wimbledon could prove trickier.
“Wimbledon might be the more complicated to reach for me, even if I love playing in grass,” he said.
What did Carlos Alcaraz do at the Madrid Masters in 2022?
Carlos Alcaraz beat Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev in consecutive days to win the Madrid Masters, earning himself a fourth title of 2022. He is the only man ever to beat Nadal and Djokovic on consecutive days on clay.
What did Carlos Alcaraz do at the Miami Open in 2022?
Alcaraz won the Miami Open 2022 title with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Norway’s Casper Ruud. That marked the first ATP Masters 1000 title of his young career and also made him the youngest-ever champion in the history of the Miami Open.
He is also the first Spanish male player to win the Miami Open.
Prior to Miami, the 18-year-old enjoyed an epic clash of generations with his compatriot Nadal in the semi-final of the 2022 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. The 21-time Grand Slam winner came out on top, though, winning 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. Alcaraz would get his revenge a few weeks later in Madrid.
What did Carlos Alcaraz do at the BNP Paribas Open in 2023?
Alcaraz took the title at the Indian Wells Masters in March of 2023 to regain the world No 1 ranking from Novak Djokovic. The Spaniard did not drop a single set in the entire tournament — not even against Daniil Medvedev, who had won 19 matches in a row heading into the final.
Alcaraz crushed Medvedev 6-3, 6-2.
Why did Carlos Alcaraz make headlines at the 2021 US Open?
At the age of just 18, Carlos Alcaraz reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final at the US Open, beating world No 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas on his way to the last eight. He lost to Felix Auger-Aliassime in the quarters, retiring injured in the second set.
He went into the 2022 Australian Open as the youngest seeded male player in over 30 years, coinciding with his photo shoot for the cover of Vanity Fair in Spain. Alcaraz lost in the third round to Matteo Berrettini in a five-set battle.
How old is Carlos Alcaraz?
Carlos Alcaraz Garfia was born on May 5, 2003, in El Palmar, Murcia He celebrated his birthday at the Mutua Madrid Open in 2021 with a match against Nadal.
Who are the members of his family?
His parents are Carlos and Virginia, and he is one of four siblings along with Alvaro, Sergio and Jaime.
Is Carlos Alcaraz single?
In an interview to Vogue magazine that was published in February 2023, Alcaraz confirmed that he has been single for 18 months. “It’s complicated, never staying in one place,” he said. “It’s hard to find the person who can share things with you if you’re always in different parts of the world.”
There were reports of the Spaniard dating Maria Gonzalez Gimenez prior to this.
When did he start playing tennis?
Alcaraz started playing tennis at the age of four, influenced by his father — once ranked in Spain’s top 40. His idols growing up were Nadal, with whom he shares his fondness for clay courts, and Roger Federer.
When did Alcaraz turn professional?
Alcaraz turned professional in 2018 at age 15. He started by playing ITF Futures and ATP Challengers and then played his first ATP event in 2020 in Rio de Janeiro.
How tall is Carlos Alcaraz?
According to his official ATP profile, he is 6ft 1in (1.85m) tall.
Who is Carlos Alcaraz’s coach?
Alcaraz is coached by Juan Carlos Ferrero, the former world No 1 and 2003 Roland-Garros champion, who has been working with him for two years at his Equelite Academy.
“It is difficult to compare [anyone] to Roger Federer, of course, but if I had to say one name [in comparison to Carlos], I’m looking for somebody that is very aggressive and is able to do a lot of things on the court, and Roger is the best in these situations. He can play on any surface and can play any type of style.”
High praise indeed from Ferrero, indeed. The Spanish teen was also complimented by former world No 1 Andy Murray.
What is Carlos Alcaraz’s career-high ranking?
Alcaraz became the new world No 1 when the rankings were updated on September 12, 2021, the day after his US Open triumph. You can find his current ranking and ranking history on his ATP Tour profile page.
How much prize money has Alcaraz earned?
As of November 7, 2023, he has won more than $21.48 million in prize money on the ATP Tour in singles and doubles combined. You can find his updated prize money stats on his ATP Tour profile page.
What else does he enjoy outside of tennis?
Off the courts Alcaraz likes golf and football, and he counts himself as a Real Madrid fan.