Carlos Alcaraz is a Spanish professional tennis player and the youngest man to ever reach world number one on the ATP world rankings.
Name: Carlos Alcaraz
Born: May 5, 2003
Turned Pro: 2018
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Born in El Palmar, Murcia, Spain on the 5th of May, 2003, Carlos Alcaraz began competing in professional tournaments in 2018 when he was just 15 years of age.
In 2020 when Alcaraz was 16, the Spaniard competed in the main draw of an ATP event for the first time in his career at the Rio Open. After defeating Albert Ramos Viñolas in round one, Alcaraz would fall to Federico Coria in round 2.
At the 2021 Australian Open Alcaraz was the youngest man in the draw as he made his Grand Slam debut aged 17. After winning his opener in straight sets against Botic van de Zandschulp, Alcaraz would take the first set in his second-round encounter with Mikael Ymer before the Swede would eventually win in four sets.
At the 2021 Madrid Open, Alcaraz would break Rafa Nadal’s long-standing record as he became the youngest match winner in the event's history before losing to his compatriot in round two.
Alcaraz would claim his first ATP Tour title at the 2021 Croatia Open Umag with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Richard Gasquet in the final.
At the 2021 US Open Alcaraz would have his best career Grand Slam run to date. Defeating 26th seed Cam Norrie in straight sets in round one, Alcaraz would then win against Arthur Rinderknech in round two. The third round saw the young Spaniard emerge victorious in a thrilling five-set encounter with 3rd seed Stefanos Tsitsipas before another five-setter would be needed to get past Peter Gojowczyk and reach the quarter-finals. Sadly for Alcaraz, these long matches had evidently taken their toll on his body and he was forced to retire midway through the second set of his quarter-final.
The continued progress shown by Alcaraz would see him enter the 2022 Australian Open as a seeded player for the first time however he would lose in a final set tiebreak to Matteo Berrettini in the third round.
Alcaraz would win his first ATP 500 title thanks to a victory over Diego Schwartzman in the final of the 2022 Rio Open.
At the 2022 Madrid Open Alcaraz would show the world just how good he was capable of being. After becoming the first teenager to defeat Rafa Nadal on clay in the quarter-final, Alcaraz would back it up with a win over Novak Djokovic in the semi-final before a three-set win over Alexander Zverev handed him the title.
Alcaraz would enter the 2022 US Open as the 3rd seed. Straight-set wins over Sebastián Báez, Federico Coria and Jenson Brooksby, Alcaraz would need to come through a trio of five-set thrillers against Marin Čilić, Jannik Sinner and Frances Tiafoe to reach the first Grand Slam final of his career. Up against Casper Ruud, Alcaraz would prevail in four sets to become the youngest US Open winner since Pete Sampras in 1990 and the youngest man to be ranked world No. 1 in tennis history.
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