Carlos Alcaraz used to run home to watch Roland Garros: "Now I’m lifting the trophy in front of all of you"

Sunday, 09 June 2024 at 20:02
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Carlos Alcaraz at only 21 has won Roland Garros 2024 and is now a three-times Grand Slam winner, adding the title in Paris to those won at the 2022 US Open and 2023 Wimbledon.
The match against Zverev was historic, with Alcaraz winning 3-6, 6-2, 7-5. 1-6, 6-2. He succeeds Rafael Nadal as the King at least this year at the French Open in a tournament he has always wanted to win.
In his remarks after the final, as expected, Alcaraz began by thanking his family for everything they worked together to get to the point of becoming Roland Garros champion: "For me it’s amazing to have you here supporting me. The times you’re not here in the tournament supporting me, I know you’re supporting from the tv at home. All the support you’ve given me since I was a little kid has been amazing. When I finished school I put the tv on just to watch this tournament on tv. Now I’m lifting the trophy in front of all of you. Thank you so much for everything.”
Carlos Alcaraz also had words for Alexander Zverev, of whom he wanted to remember all that the German suffered in the past with injuries: "I know everything you’ve been through the last few years with the injury on this court. The work you put today to be here in the final has been an unbelievable journey. I’m pretty sure you’re gonna have the chance to win this tournament very soon. Keep going and congratulations.”
Alcaraz rises to the Top 2 of the ATP Ranking.
Carlos Alcaraz's victory at Roland Garros also helped the Spaniard overtake Novak Djokovic in the ATP Ranking. Carlitos adds 1,280 points, and leaves the Serbian in 3rd position, while he is 945 points behind Jannik Sinner in his goal of reaching again the number 1 in the world.
“To my team, it’s been incredible work the last month. We were struggling a lot with the injury. Coming back to Madrid I didn’t feel well the next weeks we had a lot of doubts. Coming here without practicing too many hours on the court.. I’m really grateful to have the team I have. The people I have around me. I know everyone in my team is giving their heart just to make me improve as a player and as a person, to grow up. I’m really grateful. I call you a team. But it’s a family," he also said.

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