Carlos Alcaraz Announces His Arrival in Style; Is He the Next Big Thing in Tennis?
The 19-year-old youngster wins US Open and becomes the youngest to sit on the numero uno position
Carlos Alcaraz is certainly in seventh heaven. Coming into the US Open, he would never think that he is going to be crowned the champion. However, the 19-year-old Spaniard did so by defeating Norway’s Casper Ruud 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7/1), 6-3 in the final.
As a result, he became the youngest player to achieve the world number one position in tennis. Incidentally, the rising star also became the youngest Grand Slam men’s champion, since Rafael Nadal at the 2005 French Open.
I'm lost for words at right now! 🏆 I just want to keep dreaming!
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— Carlos Alcaraz (@carlosalcaraz) September 12, 2022
Talking about the outstanding feat, the youngster said he wants to enjoy this feat for many years. “I want to be on the top for many, many weeks and I hope many years. I’m going to work hard again after this week, these amazing two weeks. I’m going to fight for more of this,” said Alcaraz.
Alcaraz and his amazing wins
The 19-year-old is not a new surprise. Previously in Miami and Madrid, he defeated tennis giants Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, back-to-back in Rio and Barcelona. However, the young gun faltered in Wimbledon, making a last 16 exit. Soon he lost at the Montreal Master and a quarterfinal defeat in Cincinnati.
CARLOS ALCARAZ IS THE US OPEN CHAMPION pic.twitter.com/hogFduedq0
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 11, 2022
“In Montreal and in Cincinnati I lost the joy a little bit. I felt the pressure. I couldn’t smile on the court, which I’m doing in every match, every tournament,” says the champion.
Meanwhile, Alcaraz received a pat on the back from none other than the Spanish giant, Rafael Nadal. Talking about the teenager, the former world number said he is an exciting talent and is looking forward to seeing more of him in the coming years.
Alcaraz is the next big thing?
The big three in tennis are battling against age. Novak Djokovic has a few more years, but not the case with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. As a result, the tennis world is set to miss some firepower, as emerging stars may take time to fill the void.
✨ Youngest Miami & Madrid men’s champion
✨ Youngest to defeat both Nadal & Djokovic
✨ Youngest ATP500 champion ever (Rio 2022)
✨ Youngest US Open champ since Sampras (1990)
✨Youngest Grand Slam champ since Nadal (2005)
✨Youngest World No.1 EVER@carlosalcaraz is SPECIAL 🤩 pic.twitter.com/X30UlfAAeK
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) September 12, 2022
Currently, it came as a breath of fresh air when Alcaraz discovered his mojo and announced his arrival. Many tennis experts already cast him as the next big thing in the game. They have high hopes. But can the 19-year-old justify them? Time will give the best answer.