10 questions about Carlos Alcaraz – Real Madrid, golf, Juan Carlos Ferrero

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Coached by a former Grand Slam champion and breaking records on the Challenger circuit, young Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz is starting to make a name for himself on the ATP Tour.

How old is Carlos Alcaraz?

Carlos Alcaraz Garfia was born on May 5, 2003, in El Palmar, Murcia, making him 17 years old.

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 Rafael Nadal–and shares a fondness for clay courts.

When did Alcaraz turn professional?

Alcaraz turned professional in 2018.

How tall is he?

According to his official ATP profile, he is 6’1″ 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 where he sits currently: world No 136. As of October 2020, he has won 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 he earned?

His current career prize money total is $94,102, 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 27,800 followers as of October 2020, and an official Twitter with 5,500 followers.

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