Carlos Alcaraz wins prestigious award, follows Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal

Carlos Alcaraz secured his first Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award 

by Jovica Ilic
Carlos Alcaraz wins prestigious award, follows Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal
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World no. 2 Carlos Alcaraz is the latest Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award winner. Carlos is the fourth player to secure this honor since 2004, joining Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Casper Ruud. The original ATP Sportsmanship Award was established in 1977, and Stefan Edberg became a regular owner between 1988 and 1995 with five honors.

The ATP recognized Edberg in his last season on the Tour, with the award taking his name in 1996, which has been represented as the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award since then. In the last 28 years, Alex Corretja, Patrick Rafter, Paradorn Srichaphan, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, Casper Ruud and Carlos Alcaraz have been the only winners, voted by players themselves, with Federer and Nadal taking them all between 2004 and 2021!

Alcaraz is the fourth Spaniard on the list following Jose Higuera, Alex Corretja and Rafael Nadal. Also, Carlos earned his third ATP award, previously becoming the Newcomer of the Year in 2020 and Most Improved Player in 2022.

Alcaraz became the youngest year-end no. 1 player in 2022, failing to keep the ATP throne at the end of 2023 after losing ground to Novak Djokovic after the US Open. Carlos skipped the Australian Open, starting his season victoriously in Buenos Aires in February before losing the Rio final.

A teenager claimed his third Masters 1000 title in Indian Wells, never losing a set and starting his second ATP reign with 1000 ATP points on his tally.

Carlos Alcaraz earned the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award.

Carlos could not stay there for long, failing to defend the Miami Masters crown and pushing Novak Djokovic back in front ahead of clay.

The home favorite defended his trophies in Barcelona and Madrid, moving closer to Djokovic and passing him ahead of Roland Garros despite an early Rome Masters loss. Alcaraz ended his third world no. 1 reign after the semi-final loss to Djokovic in Paris, cracking under pressure after the second set and feeling cramps in his entire body.

The young gun recovered and showed his skills on the fastest surface despite the lack of experience. Carlos claimed his first grass-court title at Queen's, adding 500 ATP points to his tally and gaining a boost ahead of Wimbledon.

Alcaraz met Djokovic at The All England Club, seeking his second Major title. The Spaniard ousted the Serb in five sets after a massive battle, prevailing and securing his sixth and last ATP title. Carlos and Novak played another memorable final in Cincinnati, with the more experienced player succeeding after almost four hours in a nail-biter.

It remains Alcaraz's last ATP final, with semi-final losses at the US Open, Beijing and the ATP Finals. Carlos wrapped up his season in Turin, reaching the last four after beating Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev but falling to Novak Djokovic in straight sets.

"I'm so happy to win the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award. I'm especially happy that it's an award chosen by my colleagues on the circuit. It means a lot to me, so thank you all very much," Carlos Alcaraz said.

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