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Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz
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Full nameCarlos Alcaraz Garfia
Country (sports) Spain
ResidenceVillena, Spain
Born (2003-05-05) 5 May 2003 (age 19)
El Palmar, Murcia, Spain
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Turned pro2018
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachJuan Carlos Ferrero
Prize moneyUS$5,452,072[2]
Singles
Career record65-22 (74.7% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles5
Highest rankingNo. 6 (9 May 2022)
Current rankingNo. 7 (7 June 2022)[3]
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open3R (2022)
French OpenQF (2022)
Wimbledon2R (2021)
US OpenQF (2021)
Doubles
Career record3-3 (50.0% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 519 (9 May 2022)
Current rankingNo. 519 (9 May 2022)
Last updated on: 9 May 2022.

Carlos "Carlitos" Alcaraz Garfia (born 5 May 2003) is a Spanish professional tennis player. He has been ranked as high as world No. 6 in singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). Alcaraz has won five ATP Tour singles titles, including two Masters 1000 titles, and produced his best Grand Slam performances at the 2021 US Open and 2022 French Open by reaching the quarterfinals.

As a junior, Alcaraz was ranked as high as world No. 22 and won two titles on the ITF Junior Circuit. After turning professional in 2018, he won three titles on the ITF Men's World Tennis Tour and four on the ATP Challenger Tour and broke into the top 100 in rankings in May 2021. Two months later, Alcaraz reached his first ATP Tour final at the 2021 Croatia Open, an ATP 250 tournament, where he won his first title. He later entered the top 50 after reaching the quarterfinals at the following US Open and won the year-end 2021 Next Generation ATP Finals. After winning his first ATP 500 title at the Rio Open in February 2022, Alcaraz won both his first ATP Tour Masters 1000 title at the Miami Open and his second ATP 500 title at the Barcelona Open in April, propelling him into the top 10.

Early life

Carlos Alcaraz Garfia was born on 5 May 2003 in El Palmar, Murcia, Spain to parents Carlos and Virginia. He has three siblings. He started playing tennis at the Real Sociedad Club de Campo de Murcia where his father was the tennis academy director. In 2018, he began playing at Juan Carlos Ferrero's Equelite JC Ferrero Sport Academy.[4]

Professional career

2020: ATP debut

In February 2020, at the age of 16, Alcaraz made his ATP main-draw debut at the Rio Open after receiving a wildcard for the singles main draw. There, he defeated Albert Ramos Viñolas.[5] Alcaraz was ultimately defeated in the second round by Federico Coria.

2021: First ATP title, Next Gen champion, top 35

Alcaraz at the 2021 French Open

At age 17, Alcaraz qualified for the main draw of the Australian Open, making him the youngest participant in the men's singles.[6] He won his Grand Slam debut defeating fellow qualifier Botic van de Zandschulp in straight sets before losing in the second round to Mikael Ymer.[7]

Alcaraz became the youngest match winner in the Madrid Open's history, defeating Adrian Mannarino as a wildcard and breaking then-18-year-old Rafael Nadal's record from 2004. In the second round, he lost to five-time champion Nadal on Alcaraz' 18th birthday.[8][9][10] By winning the biggest title of his career until then at the 2021 Open de Oeiras III Challenger tournament, he entered the top 100 as the youngest player at the age of 18 on 24 May 2021.[11][12]

At the French Open, Alcaraz reached the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career by defeating Nikoloz Basilashvili.

In July 2021, he reached his first ATP final at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open in Umag, defeating top seed Albert Ramos-Viñolas.[13] He then won his maiden ATP title by defeating Richard Gasquet and becoming the youngest tour-level champion since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori won the Delray Beach Open in 2008. Alcaraz was the youngest Spaniard to win an ATP Tour title since Nadal claimed his first trophy in Sopot in 2004.[14]

At Wimbledon, he lost in the second round to Daniil Medvedev. At the Winston-Salem Open, Alcaraz reached the round of 16 defeating qualifier Alexei Popyrin, and his second tour-level quarterfinal of the season defeating fourth seed Marton Fucsovics.[15] He defeated Marcos Giron to reach the semifinals,[16] where he lost to Mikael Ymer.

At the US Open, Alcaraz defeated world No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas in a fifth-set tiebreak to reach the fourth round in the biggest win of his career.[17] At 18 years of age, Alcaraz became the youngest man in a Grand Slam fourth round since 17-year-old Andrei Medvedev at the 1992 French Open, and the youngest man in the US Open fourth round since 17-year-old Michael Chang and 18-year-old Pete Sampras in 1989.[18][19] He then reached the quarterfinals by defeating qualifier Peter Gojowczyk. Alcaraz became the youngest US Open men's quarterfinalist in the Open Era, the youngest at the tournament since 18-year-old Thomaz Koch in 1963, and the youngest Grand Slam men's singles quarterfinalist since 18-year-old Michael Chang at the 1990 French Open. He then lost to Félix Auger-Aliassime via retirement in the second set in the quarterfinals after injuring his leg.[20]

At the Erste Bank Open, Alcaraz defeated world No. 7 Matteo Berrettini, marking his second win over a top-10 player.[21] As a result, he made his debut as the youngest player in the top 35 on 1 November. During his Paris Masters run, Alcaraz defeated French wildcard Pierre-Hugues Herbert in three thrilling sets in the first round.[22] He then defeated Jannik Sinner in straight sets in the second round, marking his third win over a top-10 player.[23] In the third round, he was defeated by Hugo Gaston in straight sets.[24]

At the Next Gen ATP Finals, Alcaraz defeated Brandon Nakashima, Juan Manuel Cerúndolo, and Holger Rune in the round-robin stage. He advanced to the semifinals undefeated, where he defeated Sebastian Baez. He then advanced to the final, where he defeated Sebastian Korda to win the championship.[25][26][27][28]

2022: ATP Masters 1000 titles and world No. 6

Seeded for the first time at a Grand Slam as the 31st-seed at the Australian Open, Alcaraz reached the third round before losing in five sets to Matteo Berrettini.[29] In losing, the New York Times called him "one of the most exciting next-generation talents in sports".[30]

Seeded seventh at the Rio Open, Alcaraz defeated Jaume Munar, Federico Delbonis, top seed Matteo Berrettini and Fabio Fognini to reach his first ATP 500 final. He defeated Diego Schwartzman in the final to win the title. As a result, he made his debut into the top 20 in the singles rankings on 21 February 2022.[31] At Indian Wells, Alcaraz reached his first Masters 1000 quarterfinal and semifinal, defeating the defending champion Cameron Norrie before losing a three-set encounter to Rafael Nadal.

Seeded 14th at the Miami Open, Alcaraz beat Márton Fucsovics, Marin ?ili?, and 4th seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets, then beat Miomir Kecmanovi? in a three-set thriller to advance to his second Masters 1000 semifinal. There, he defeated the defending champion Hubert Hurkacz for his 50th tour-level win,[32] to advance to his maiden Masters 1000 final,[33] where he defeated 6th seed Casper Ruud to win his first Masters 1000 title. He became the youngest men's champion in the tournament's history. He was congratulated by the King of Spain and Rafael Nadal, and mentioned in the press as being the player to fill the shoes of Roger Federer and Nadal.[34]

At the Barcelona Open, Alcaraz defeated top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals[35] to enter the top 10 for the first time on 25 April.[36][37] He is the 20th teen to break into top 10 overall since rankings were established in 1973, the first since Andy Murray in 2007, and the youngest since Rafael Nadal also on 25 April 2005 at the same event.[38][39][40] Alcaraz then saved two match points against Alex de Minaur in the semifinals to advance to the final, where he defeated Pablo Carreño Busta in straight sets to win the title.[41]

A day after his 19th birthday, at the Madrid Open, he defeated 5-time Madrid champion, world No. 4 and third seed Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals to become the first teenager to beat him on clay. He also ended Nadal's 25-match win streak against fellow Spaniards.[42] The following day, he went on to beat the world No. 1 and top seed Novak Djokovic in the semifinals for his 6th straight top-10 win, and became the youngest player to win a match against a world No. 1 since Rafael Nadal against Roger Federer in the third round of the 2004 Miami Open. He also became the first man ever to beat Djokovic and Nadal back-to-back on clay.[43][44] In the final, he went on to win his fourth title for the season and second Masters 1000 in his career defeating world No. 3 and second seed defending champion Alexander Zverev, thus defeating the top three seeds in three consecutive matches. It is the first time since David Nalbandian in Madrid in 2007 that a player has defeated three top-5 players at a Masters 1000 event, and Alcaraz is the youngest player to do so since the start of the ATP Tour in 1990 at the same event. He also became the youngest champion in tournament history.[45][46] As a result, he climbed to a career-high of world No. 6 in the rankings on 9 May 2022.[47]

Following his withdrawal from the year's Italian Open due to an ankle injury he incurred in Madrid,[48] Alcaraz made his seeded debut at the French Open as No. 6, just one year after his main draw debut as a qualifier. Having won two of the tour's biggest titles on clay coming into the Slam, he was widely projected to be one of the favorites for the title.[49] In the first round, he blew past Juan Ignacio Londero in straight sets before having to save a match point in a second round five-setter against Albert Ramos Viñolas.[50][51] He then defeated Korda and Karen Khachanov in straight sets in the third and fourth rounds, respectively, before losing to Zverev in four sets in his second career Grand Slam quarterfinal.[52][53][54] Following the loss, Alcaraz conceded he "didn't start well" in the match but remained proud of his efforts: "I leave the court, leave the tournament with the head very high."[54]

Endorsements

Alcaraz is sponsored by Nike for clothing and shoes, and by Babolat for racquets, using the Babolat Pure Aero VS racquet.[55][56] In January 2022, he became a brand ambassador for Rolex.[57][58]

Playing style

Carlos Alcaraz is an all-court, all-round tennis player, but primarily employs an aggressive baseline style of play, with an emphasis on a high winner count from his forehand, typically his most reliable and potent shot. He can either hit his forehand flat and fast for winners from every court position, or add a great amount of topspin and margin over the net. He also possesses a well-rounded and more flat and lower net-clearance backhand groundstroke that he is able to redirect down the line for clean winners. His greatly-disguised drop shot is key to his game, as he often combines the heaviness of his groundstrokes that pushes his opponents back into the court into a defensive position, with a drop shot that is often too well-placed and disguised to deal with. He has an impressive net-game with great drop volleys and drive volleys, and frequently serve-and-volleys on crucial points.

His first serve is hit at high speeds with little emphasis on service box placement, typically at around 210 kph (130 mph). This has led to some criticism of his serving. However, he has an excellent and reliable second serve with which he can add topspin to get a high bounce off the court and either push back or get a weak return from closer-returning opponents, and this serve typically reaches 150 to 170 kph (93 to 106 mph).

Some noted areas of improvement for Alcaraz have been named as his first serve, and tendency to overhit the ball and make a large amount of unforced errors, a common flaw in many young players. However, he has shown dedication and a noted improvement in engaging in steady baseline rallies and only upping the ante on aggression when he has a clear opening to attack.

Alcaraz has earned acclaim for his remarkable athletic and physical traits. In particular, his direct sprints, counterattacking abilities from often indefensible positions on court, and an extremely high peak footspeed which has earned him comparisons to a young Rafael Nadal and Gaël Monfils. He has earned comparisons to Novak Djokovic for his assured lateral movement and court-coverage aided by physical splits and sliding through the court on defense, particularly on his backhand side where he is often able to neutralize his opponent's groundstroke aggression or drop shot attempts. He has also earned comparisons, on occasion, to Roger Federer for his great footwork and ability to go inside-out on his forehand and control the court with his offense.

These aspects, combined with his impressive mental strength and resilience which he has had since his teenage years, has led many former players and analysts such as Martina Navratilova, John McEnroe and Mark Petchey deeming him a future World Number 1 and multiple Grand Slam winner.

Career statistics

Grand Slam tournament performance timeline

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# DNQ A NH
(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W-L) win-loss record.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Current through the 2022 Australian Open.

Tournament 2020 2021 2022 SR W-L Win %
Australian Open A 2R 3R 0 / 2 3-2 60%
French Open Q1 3R QF 0 / 2 6-2 67%
Wimbledon NH 2R 0 / 1 1-1 50%
US Open A QF 0 / 1 4-1 80%
Win-loss 0-0 8-4 6-2 0 / 6 14-6 70%

ATP Masters 1000 finals

Singles: 2 (2 titles)

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 2022 Miami Open Hard Norway Casper Ruud 7-5, 6-4
Win 2022 Madrid Open Clay Germany Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-1

Records

Open Era records

Time span Record accomplished Players matched
2022 Youngest player to win the Rio Open - 18 years, 10 months Stands alone
2022 Youngest player to win the Miami Open - 18 years, 11 months Stands alone
2022 Youngest player to win the Madrid Open - 19 years Stands alone

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2020
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