'Carlos Alcaraz’s just a beautiful addition to the sport', says legend
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 2525
Carlos Alcaraz is back and has immediately put his signature. More than three months after his last appearance on a track, the talent from El Palmar conquered Buenos Aires by beating Cameron Norrie in the final. With only one set on the way, also in the first match against Laslo Djere, the 19-year-old Spaniard won his seventh ATP title, which already projects him into the Olympus of the earliest to achieve important results in the world of tennis.
Without a doubt, Alcaraz does not want to stop here and will also participate in the 500 tournament in Rio de Janeiro, which is already scheduled for this week. Last September, Alcaraz, by lifting the first Slam of his career, in Flushing Meadows, became the youngest number one in history, a position that Novak Djokovic, winner of the Australian Open, took from him at the end of January.
It was not a minor record, which hinted at the incredible precocity of the tennis player. In the history of this sport, there are several athletes who have managed to prevail at a very young age. Some have managed to confirm themselves over the years, others have had a career below expectations.
The player who achieved the most trophies won before the age of 20 was Bjorn Borg with 17 ATP titles, a true Swedish star who retired at 26 after winning 11 Grand Slams. Behind him Rafael Nadal, a true predestined, capable of winning his first Roland Garros at the age of 19.
For him 16 titles. At 13 another Swede, the now television commentator Mats Wilander.
Monica Seles praises Alcaraz
Former WTA World no 1 Monica Seles has lauded the impact on tennis made by Carlos Alcaraz in a breakout 2022 campaign.
“The way he played in 2022… I’ve had a chance to watch him play in person at the Indian Wells tournament against Rafael Nadal and I was just blown away by his intensity and also how focused he was for being such a young age – and he was playing somebody that’s probably the most focused player our sport has had in Nadal,” Seles said.
“And then you know, followed him throughout the summer and then when he came to New York to play at the US Open, when he went all the way. I mean, it was just so impressive for somebody to have that mental strength, that physical strength in those long matches, the late matches at the US Open. And he just handled it with such ease. Like he is used to this, like he has done this before.