Carlos Alcaraz grabs 2020 Rio Open wild card for an ATP debut


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Carlos Alcaraz grabs 2020 Rio Open wild card for an ATP debut

The 7th edition of the Rio Open at the Jockey Club Brasileiro will take place between February 17-23, 2020, with the organizers already signing high-quality players that will fight for the title. Rafael Nadal won the inaugural tournament in 2014, followed by David Ferrer, Pablo Cuevas, Dominic Thiem, Diego Schwartzman and Laslo Djere who also found a place on the list of champions.

Dominic Thiem, Matteo Berrettini, Borna Coric and Diego Schwartzman have been confirmed for the next year's edition, together with Felipe Meligeni who claimed the title at the Maria Esther Bueno Cup at the beginning of December.

Thanks to IMG, the young Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz will also have the opportunity to compete in the main draw, making his ATP debut in Rio de Janeiro if he doesn't receive a wild card in Cordoba or Buenos Aires earlier in February.

The 16-year-old is the only player born in 2003 ranked in the top-500 and the youngest competitor in that group overall, scoring seven Challenger victories and claiming the first professional title in Denia in July. Carlos is the most prominent Spanish talent, becoming the eighth-youngest Futures champion and achieving the feat just a month older than Rafael Nadal when he claimed the first professional crown in 2002!

In February 2018, Alcaraz qualified for the first professional tournament at home Spain F5 Futures in Murcia at the age of 14, passing three rivals just to find himself in the main draw where he grabbed two triumphs, reaching the quarter-final and becoming the first player born in 2003 on the ATP ranking list!

This January, Carlos was the semi-finalist at M15 Palmanova event, still at the age of 15, followed by the first Challenger win in Alicante in April, delivering the milestone achievement for his generation at this level of competition.

A week later, Alcaraz notched two victories at Murcia Challenger for more points on his tally, standing as one of the youngest players on the reduced ATP ranking list. In September, El Palmar native advanced into the quarter-final at Seville Challenger, battling for almost three hours against the player ranked 120th and showing his full potential ahead of the new season when he will try to improve his ranking and probably seek the place in the top-200.