Carlos Alcaraz's triumph at the US Open will be remembered as one of the most thrilling moments of this season. The 19-year-old from Murcia won his first Grand Slam and became the youngest number 1 in men's tennis history, confirming his destiny.
Before his success in the Big Apple, Juan Carlos Ferrero's protégé had already won two Masters 1000s (Miami and Madrid) and two ATP 500s (Rio and Barcelona). “I never expected to make it to the top at 19, it's all so incredible.
After winning the Masters 1000 in Miami, I realized that I didn't need much to win a Grand Slam. I have been working hard for the past few months and have learned to manage the pressure. My goal is to stay at the top for many years, just like the Big 3 did.
I have to keep my feet on the ground and keep improving ”- said the Spaniard with the trophy next to him. On Eurosport's microphones, Kim Clijsters spent beautiful words for 'Carlitos'
Clijsters praises Carlos Alcaraz
Eurosport star consultant during the New York fortnight alongside Mats Wilander and Alex Corretja, the former triple winner of the US Open, Kim Clijsters had very strong words after the coronation of Carlos Alcaraz.
“The tension of this match, with everything at stake, was amazing to see Alcaraz's relief and sharing that with his team is beautiful, and I feel lucky to witness it up close. It's an incredible feeling. It shows how dedicated he has been to the sport from the start, and to play this tennis at the end of a Grand Slam is absolutely amazing.
Casper Ruud can be extremely proud of himself because he had an exceptional year." From both fans and other players, the youngest Grand Slam champion since Rafael Nadal got countless felicitations. Nick Kyrgios, the controversial tennis star, was among those who messaged him, but his message stood out.
During the post-match press conference, an interviewer questioned him about his belief in Nick Kyrgios’ predictions. He revealed that when he checked his Instagram after winning, he saw Nick’s dm saying, “I told you so”.
He further said that he was not able to read the whole message but just part of the message. Casper Ruud lost his second major final this season. Before the US Open, he lost against Rafael Nadal at this year’s French Open final. Notably, at 19, Alcaraz became the youngest tennis player to reach the top spot of the ATP rankings.