Carlos Alcaraz wants to enter a very small club of players

World number two began with victory defending his crown at Queen’s ATP 500

by Simone Brugnoli
Carlos Alcaraz wants to enter a very small club of players
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Who won the Roland Garros and Wimbledon in the same year? Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz has the opportunity to try to enter a very exclusive club. You can count on the fingers of a hand the tennis players who made it in the Open Era.

Carlos Alcaraz, Queens 2023
Carlos Alcaraz, Queens 2023© Luke Walker / Stringer - Getty Images Sport

The Spanish tennis player aims to become the sixth player in history to succeed in this double. And there are two players who have managed to repeat this feat more than once. But let’s go in order: the first to succeed in this double between the Parisian red earth and the London grass was Rod Laver who in 1969 is also the last player to have managed to get the Grand Slam or win in the same calendar year all 4 Grand Slam tournaments After Rod Laver is Bjorn Borg succeeded in this task.

The Swedish tennis player capable of winning 11 Grand Slam tournaments - 6 in Paris and 5 in Wimbledon - has done three times in three years in a row the pairing Roland Garros-Wimbledon. It happened in 1978, 1979 and 1980.

Carlos Alcaraz will try to make history

Obviously the Big 3 who dominated tennis and broke all kinds of records could not be in this ranking.

Rafael Nadal hit this feat twice in 2008 and 2010. Obviously memorable the final of Wimbledon 2008 in which he won against Federer for the first time in London imposing 9-7 on the fifth set. Bis from the Spanish in 2010.

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz© Getty Images Sport - Julian Finney

Roger Federer did it in 2009. 2009 which is also the only year in which the Swiss player has won the Roland Garros beating in the final Robin Soderling. Then the thriller win 16-14 on the fifth set against Roddick at Wimbledon.

Finally, Novak Djokovic succeeded in the feat in 2021, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in Paris and Matteo Berrettini in Wimbledon. Carlos Alcaraz will try to become the sixth player in the history of the Open Era to achieve this goal.

Carlos Alcaraz