September 15, 2022 · less than 3 min read
Carlos Alcaraz is the youngest man to ever ascend to world #1 ranking.
A born winner
Things are looking pretty sweet for 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz. We’re not sure how you spent your summer, but Carlos has been winning games of tennis for fun. With five of his six titles coming in 2022, he’s been climbing the ranks at lightning speed, and earlier this year made it into the men’s top 5.
In his latest – and most impressive – triumph, Alcaraz won the US Open as the #3 seed, putting not only his striking talent on display, but a huge dose of grit and determination too. His quarter-final match with Jannik Sinner set a record as the latest finish, at 2.50 am, and was the second longest match in the tournament’s history at 5 hours and 15 minutes. After seeing off Casper Ruud in the final, he is now the youngest #1 seed in the history of the ATP rankings.
No escape from Alcaraz
To date, the starboy’s tournament earnings put him close to the $10 million mark, meaning he’s seriously hot property. But tennis greatness is about longevity – just look at the likes of Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic, who have spent years playing at the top of their game. That’s the goal for Alcaraz, too. And it’s tough to doubt him, when back in May he became the only man to defeat both Nadal and Djokovic at the same clay-court event.
Alcaraz is something special. He’s already being touted to win dozens of Grand Slams, with his coach Juan Carlos Ferrero – a French Open winner – saying, “I would love for Carlos to win 30 Grand Slams. There will be a lot of chances.” With his current trajectory, it would take someone braver than us to bet against him.
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