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CARLOS ALCARAZ GARFIA

Nationality:
Spain
Height:
185cm
Age:
20
Points:
8645
RANKING
#3

Bio

Carlos Alcaraz Garfia was born on May 5, 2003, and is a Spanish professional tennis player. He is currently ranked as the ATP world No. 2. Alcaraz has won six titles, including the 2022 US Open and two ATP Masters 1000 titles. By winning the US Open, Alcaraz became the youngest ever male world No. 1 at 19 years, 4 months and 6 days, and the first teenager in the Open Era to top the men's rankings. As a junior, Alcaraz was ranked world No. 22 and won two titles on the ITF Junior Circuit. In July 2023 he won Wimbledon by beating Novak Djokovic in 5 sets in an epic final.

After turning pro in 2018, he won three titles on the ITF Men's World Tennis Tour and four on the ATP Challenger Tour and entered the top 100 rankings in May 2021. Two months later, Alcaraz reached his first final of the ATP Tour at the 2021 Croatia Open, an ATP 250 tournament, where he won his first title. He subsequently broke into the top 50 after reaching the quarterfinals at the following US Open and won the 2021 year-end Next Generation ATP Finals in Milan.

After winning his first ATP 500 title at the Rio Open in February 2022, Alcaraz won his first Masters 1000 title at the Miami Open and his second ATP 500 title at the Barcelona Open in April, propelling him into the top 10. Carlos began playing at the age of three in his father's tennis school and in the early years his idol was Rafael Nadal. He shined since he was a child, graduating under 10 regional champion. At fifteen he entered the Equelite academy in Villena of the former world number 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero, who became his coach and would also follow him as a professional.

Career

Alcaraz played the first isolated ITF junior team tournament in August 2017 with Spain in the prestigious ITF World Junior Tennis Finals. He wins all the first matches played and takes the Iberians to the final, where he loses both the singles and the doubles and the tournament is won by Switzerland. That same year he won the Invitational Lacoste tournament in London, a sort of Masters reserved for under 14s. He returned to the ITF junior circuit in 2018 and began playing continuously, winning his first tournament at Grade 2 in Castricum in July. In September he won the Junior Davis Cup in Budapest beating France in the final; thanks to his victories in singles and doubles Spain won the challenge 2-1 and won the trophy for the sixth time.

In 2019 he won the Grade 1 tournament in Villena, participated in Roland Garros losing in the first round and exited in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. The London tournament will be his last commitment as a junior before dedicating himself exclusively to his professional career. After the elimination in the second round of the qualifications at the ITF Futures Spain F3 at the end of January 2018 in Mallorca, in February it passes the qualifications and makes its debut in the main draw of an ITF tournament at the Spain F5 in Murcia where it reaches the third round , becoming the second youngest Spaniard to win an ATP point at 14 years and 9 months, also ahead of Rafael Nadal. In January 2019 he reached the semifinals at the ITF M15 in Palma Nova. He competes in the following tournament in April, entering the JC Ferrero Challenger Open with a wildcard, which is played on the courts of the academy where he trains and which marks his debut on the Challenger Tour.

In the first round he surprisingly surpasses Jannik Sinner, fresh from 3 titles and 16 consecutive wins, only to be eliminated in the following match. He begins to play frequently in professional tournaments taking advantage of other wild cards; at the end of the month he competes for the first time in the qualifications in the major circuit at the ATP 500 in Barcelona and is eliminated in the first match by the nº 107 of the ranking Pedro Sousa, from whom he breaks the first set. In July, she won her first professional title at the ITF M25 tournament in Dénia.

In 2020, in his first experience in a Grand Slam test, in September he was defeated in the first qualifying round of the Roland Garros. On 11 October he won his second Challenger title in Barcelona by overcoming Damir Dzumhur in the final, and repeated it the following week by defeating ATP No. 97 Pedro Martínez in the final in Alicante. Thanks to these results, on October 19 he is in 136th place in the ATP rankings, after he had started 2020 in 490th place. At the end of the season, his ATP colleagues awarded him the rookie of the year award.

In July 2021 he won the Umag tournament, his first ATP title at the age of 18, beating Lucas Pouille, Andrej Martin, Albert Ramos Viñolas, Filip Krajinovic and, in the final, Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-2. At 18 years 2 months and 20 days, he becomes the youngest ATP champion after Kei Nishikori, who won at Delray Beach in 2008 at 18 years and one month. With this success he gains 18 positions in the ranking and is at 55th. He begins his first American summer trip by passing the Cincinnati Masters qualifiers and is eliminated in the first round of the main draw by Lorenzo Sonego. He resumed his rise in the standings by reaching the semifinal in Winston-Salem and was unexpectedly beaten by Mikael Ymer.

His victory in the third round of the US Open against the world No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas, the first top 10 he defeated, arouses sensations, and with the success over Peter Gojowczyk he becomes the youngest tennis player of the Open era to access the quarterfinals of the New York Slam. A thigh muscle injury forced him to retire during the match with Felix Auger-Aliassime and 4 weeks away from the circuit. Eliminated in the first round of the Indian Wells Masters by Andy Murray, he takes his revenge on the Scottish in the second round of the ATP 500 in Vienna, then defeats the world No. 7 Matteo Berrettini in three sets and is beaten in the semifinals by Alexander Zverev. At the following Paris Masters he beat world No. 9 Jannik Sinner in two sets and was eliminated in the third round by No. 103 Hugo Gaston, at the end of the tournament he brought the best ranking to 32nd world position. On November 13, he won the Next Gen ATP Finals, defeating Sebastian Korda in three sets in the final. 

At Indian Wells 2022 he reached his first semifinal in a Masters 1000 without losing any sets, surpassing among others the top 20 Roberto Bautista Agut and Cameron Norrie and was defeated in the third set by Nadal. At the next Miami Open he achieved the most important result since the beginning of his career up to that moment, winning his first title in a Masters 1000. After eliminating Fucsovic, Cilic and the world No. 5 Tsitsipas in straight sets, in the quarterfinals he beat in the third set Kecmanovic at the end of a spectacular and balanced match. In the semifinals he defeated the defending champion and world No. 10 Hurkacz in two tie-breaks and in the final he defeated the No. 8 in the ranking Casper Ruud with a score of 7-5, 6-4. Not yet nineteen, he becomes the youngest player to have won the tournament, as well as the first Spaniard, and the No. 11 in the world rankings, the new best ranking.

A few weeks later, he won the ATP 500 in Barcelona, where he eliminated world No. 5 Tsitsipas and Alex De Minaur, among others, and defeated Pablo Carreño Busta 6-3, 6-2 in the final. Thus he made his debut in the world top 10, in 9th position. In the Madrid Masters 1000 he surpasses Nikoloz Basilasvili and in the second round Cameron Norrie, in the quarterfinals he finds the No. 4 in the ranking Rafael Nadal, who had beaten him in the first two matches played, and prevails in three sets despite an ankle injury in course of the match. He thus becomes the youngest semi-finalist in the history of the tournament and faces world No. 1 Novak Dokovic, whom he beats with a score of 6-7, 7-5, 7-6 after three and a half hours of play. In the final he defeated world No. 3 and defending champion Alexander Zverev after an hour and two minutes of play with a score of 6-3, 6-1, and at the end of the tournament he climbed to 6th place in the world. He does not lose any sets in the first rounds of the US Open 2022 against Baez, Coria and Brooksby, therefore he gets the better of Marin Cilic and Jannik Sinner in the fifth set, defeated after more than five hours of play and after canceling a match point. It takes him five sets even in the semis to defeat tournament surprise Frances Tiafoe.

In the first Slam final of his career he faces Casper Ruud, with whom he contends for both the first Slam title and the first place in the ranking, and triumphs with a score of 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3. Thus he conquers his first Grand Slam title and rises to the first position in the world rankings, becoming the youngest number one in the history of the ATP ranking, at just 19 years and 4 months

In July 2023 he won Wimbledon by beating Novak Djokovic in 5 sets in an epic final.

In an interview released at the end of the 2022 season, Carlos explained, especially on the comparison with his countryman, the legend Rafael Nadal: "Being number doesn't bother me. I try to consider it a normal thing, or at least I try to. I must never forget that whatever happens in the future, I have to enjoy tennis and play my own way. I'm working with patience, but also with the desire to be able to go back to training normally. I still have a few weeks left. I know that the season will be difficult and that I have to prepare myself mentally, because I am number one and I will go into the tournaments as a favourite. I have clear ideas on how to play. Comparison with Nadal? It is a pleasure for every tennis lover to see him on the court. He still plays at a very high level. I try to turn a deaf ear and enjoy the ride. It makes no sense to compare. It doesn't matter what position I currently occupy: Rafa's career matters much more. I'm ambitious and I hope I can equal or surpass him and achieve at least half the results of him."

Due to a physical problem, the young Spanish tennis player was unable to play the Australian Open 2023, losing at the same time the first place in the ATP ranking, regained by the Melbourne winner, Novak DjokovicIn a February 2023 interview, he said: "I achieved my dream very quickly, and it took me a bit by surprise. I need and want to continue improving, that is the key. I like to play tennis beyond the results and I want to continue enjoying it. Despite having been number one, I have many things to improve. It's going to be my first tournament since Paris. Four months have passed, but I always think about winning. I know it's not going to be easy after not competing for so long. I've come a few days before to train with good players and pick up that pace. I know my coach won here, and he has told me good things about the tournament."

Style of play

Alcaraz is a very aggressive player endowed with great physical strength, athleticism and endurance which allow him top-level recoveries and defenses. He bases his game on intensity and on extremely powerful shots and loads from the baseline played in advance: equipped with a solid and powerful backhand, also skilled in the use of the back, his best shot is however the forehand that already in the first career years he was considered one of the most effective on the circuit. He worked a lot on his serve which today reaches peaks of 220 km/h if played flat but also has an excellent variety with slices and above all kicks with which he tends to open up the court.

Also very good in the use of dropshots, he turns out to be one of the best specialists in the tennis scene. These characteristics make him a player able to adapt and be competitive on almost any surface. In the light of the results obtained at a young age, the fighting spirit, the mental solidity and the attitude devoted to work and sacrifice, he has often been indicated by insiders as the successor of his compatriot Rafael Nadal, although he himself has declared that he has a tennis more similar to that of the Swiss Roger Federer.

 In February 2023, before the tournaments in South America, the young Spanish talent analyzed: "Last year was a very good year. I reached my big dream after only one year but I took it in the most natural way possible. Tennis is what I like to do and I want to dedicate myself to, beyond the results. To get to number one you have to set yourself new long-term goals but above all continue to enjoy the sport, working harder and harder. I am very young and I have so many things to improve, despite being number one. I have to keep looking forward.

There have been times when having to set new goals for myself, I was caught off guard reaching them so soon. Overall I'm fine, I know what I want to be and where I want to go. That's what's important. I want to keep improving. I continue to lead a normal life, even if I'm a little more recognized than before. I'm very close to people and I partly like it. In this this way I see all the fans who support me at every game and I'm glad to know that. I want to continue winning many Grand Slams and for that I have to pay attention especially to Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, because the years go by and they keep winning those tournaments and always showing their best level."

Private life

Carlos Alcaraz's girlfriend would be the young Spanish Maria Gonzalez Gimenez. She was born in Murcia, this is one of the few information that is known about her. In fact, according to many insiders, she would be a very private girl and has decided to keep a lot of her personal information and her love life out of the public eye. Despite a few shots posted on her Instagram profile. Maria also has the same sporting interest as her fiancé as she plays for Murcia Club de Tenis, a tennis club based in her hometown. Carlos is very attached to his family and his coach Juan Carlos Ferrero.

He expalined: "I'm a very family-loving guy. Since I was a kid, I'd rather stay at home with my parents than somewhere else. Being able to celebrate that title with them, my uncles, my loved ones, was incredible. Juan Carlos Ferrero? Let's say that if he is not the most important person for me at the moment, we are close. From a professional point of view and also from a human point of view. It helps me a lot in both cases. When we are together we simply talk about everything. Of the our sport, of football, of life. In addition to a coach, I also consider him a friend and I don't think there could be anything better."

Net Worth and Endorsement

The Spanish champion has earned a total of $9,133,865 through tournament prize money. Among its main sponsors, there are the technical brands Nike and Babolat. Carlos lives in El Palmar, Spain. He would live in a small prefabricated house of 25 square meters with one double room. 

The Spaniard was chosen by Rolex who supplied him with a Daytona with a black dial, fresh from the box. The Daytona was originally created for racing drivers to precisely measure their performance. The Rolex-developed cerachrom bezel with tachymeter scale and chronograph counters is a custom-built watch to withstand the rigors of sport and speed. The black dial is a classic, inspired by the 1965 original.

Titles

2022

US Open (Outdoor/Hard)
ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (Outdoor/Clay)
Barcelona (Outdoor/Clay)
ATP Masters 1000 Miami (Outdoor/Hard)
Rio de Janeiro (Outdoor/Clay)

2021

Umag (Outdoor/Clay)

 


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