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US Open 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 withdrawal
Carlos Alcaraz is the new US Open champion and new world No 1. Here are the answers to all the questions you might have about the Spanish teenager
Is Carlos Alcaraz injured?
Yes. Sadly, the world No 1 will not be able to play in either the ATP Finals or Davis Cup Finals after suffering an abdominal injury during the Paris Masters. The 19-year-old is expected to be out for up to six weeks.
Who is Carlos Alcaraz?
Carlos Alcaraz is a 19-year-old tennis player from Spain, who became the new world No 1 on September 12. He won his first Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2022, having won the Next Gen ATP Finals in 2021. He has won six career titles, five of them in 2022, including Masters 1000 titles in Miami and Madrid.
What did Carlos Alcaraz do at the US Open in 2022?
Carlos Alcaraz won his first Grand Slam final 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.
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 turned 19 years old in 2022. 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.
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 many ATP titles has Carlos Alcaraz won?
Alcaraz has won six ATP singles titles as of September 2022. 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.
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, 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 5, 2022, he has won more than $9.4 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.