US Open, Ferrero, Next Gen: 10 questions about Carlos Alcaraz

Coached by a former Grand Slam champion and after breaking records on the Challenger circuit, Carlos Alcaraz is making giant strides, thanks to his sensational run at the US Open and victory in the Next Gen ATP Finals

Carlos Alcaraz at the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center.

Is Carlos Alcaraz the best Next Gen player in the world?

The answer has to be yes. Not only has Alcaraz climbed from No 141 at the start of 2021 to a current career-high of No 32, he also won the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan in 2021, beating Sebastian Korda in the final.

What did Carlos Alcaraz do at the US Open in 2021?

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 quarter-final, retiring injured in the second set.

How old is Carlos Alcaraz?

Carlos Alcaraz Garfia was born on May 5, 2003, in El Palmar, Murcia, making him 18 years old. He celebrated his birthday at the Mutua Madrid Open with a match against his idol Rafael Nadal.

Who are 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 idol growing up was his compatriot Nadal – and he shares his fondness for clay courts. See him play in 2014, at the international U12 tournament of Auray (France).

When did Carlos Alcaraz win his first ATP title?

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.

When did Alcaraz turn professional?

Alcaraz turned professional in 2018, aged 15. He started by playing Futures, Challengers and his first ATP event in 2020, in Rio de Janeiro.

How tall is he?

According to his official ATP profile, he is 6ft 1in tall.

Who is his Alcaraz’s coach?

His coach is 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.

What is his career-high ranking?

Alcaraz’s career-high ranking is No 54, achieved in August, 2021. He is projected to rise to No 38 thanks to his run at the US Open. He has won one ATP event, three titles on the Challenger tour and is the youngest player on the men’s circuit to win tournaments in consecutive weeks. He is the second-youngest to have a trio of Challenger titles, beaten only by Richard Gasquet’s record as a 16-year-old in 2003.

How much prize money has Alcaraz earned?

As of September 8, 2021, he has won $563,561 in prize money on the ATP Tour in singles and doubles combined.

What else does he enjoy outside of tennis?

He likes golf and football, and counts himself as a Real Madrid fan.

Does he have social media?

Yes. He has an Instagram account with 220,000 followers as of September 8, 2021, and an official Twitter account with just under 45,000 followers.

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