Carlos Alcaraz is having the best year of his very young career and has a good chance of finishing the season at the top of the ATP ranking. In 2022, the young Spaniard has won the US Open, two Masters 1000 (Miami and Madrid) and two ATP 500 (Rio and Barcelona).
By winning his first Slam this summer, the 19-year-old from Murcia became the youngest number 1 in the history of men's tennis. Many connoisseurs have already identified him as the future dominator of the ATP circuit. Juan Carlos Ferrero's protégé has struggled to handle pressure on a few occasions, but that's completely normal for a boy his age.
'Carlitos' suffered an abdominal injury during the Paris-Bercy Masters 1000, a setback that was not necessary on the eve of the ATP Finals. The Iberian will undergo some tests in the coming days, hoping to appear in Turin in good condition.
To defuse the tension, he was asked in the press conference what is the meaning of his strange jubilation after each victory. "It's not a secret! I make the glasses gesture because I have a group of friends called Team Lupas.
That's where that joy comes from," Alcaraz revealed. Carlos is learning to handle pressure: "Since 2019 I have been working with a psychologist. He has been very useful for my career, I have learned a lot from him. I have matured thanks to the experiences I have had, but without him it would have been impossible to remain stable 19 years old and play in the most important stadiums in the world".
The Spaniard has been formidable this year: "I always dreamed of becoming number 1, but I never imagined that I could do it at 19 years old. Now the rivals have a different attitude when they play against me, but that's normal.
Carlos Alcaraz shone this year
Former American tennis player Jim Courier recently reflected on Carlos Alcaraz ending the year as the youngest World No. 1 in the ATP rankings. "I wouldn't say there is a huge difference between No.
1 and No. 4 as far as they are having a target, everyone in that class of a rankings is gonna have a target on the back of every match they play is a chance for someone to make a name for themselves if they haven't already," he said.
"And he had a team from the age of 15 that he has been working with, that has been building him up for these moments. I'm sure they have come sooner than they all expected but getting there, I don't think it was an unexpected outcome for them and I what probably served them very well is you know move through a new landscape of the court," he said.
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