Carlos Alcaraz | AFP
Like the legendary Rafael Nadal, a kid from Spain is now turning heads with his dazzling performances and similar playing styles. He is none other than Carlos Alcaraz, a 19-year-old wonderkid from Spain ranked world number 7.
Carlos Alcaraz was born on 5 May 2003 in Murcia, Spain. He comes from a family with tennis heritage as his grandfather was the first member of a tennis club, and his father was a semi-pro and ran a tennis academy. It's no surprise Alcaraz had the same career path.
Carlos Alcaraz made his ATP debut in 2020 when he was a 16-year-old. Later in 2021, he qualified for the Australian Open, making him the youngest participant in men's singles at 17. He broke Rafael Nadal's record by becoming the youngest match-winner in Madrid Open history.
Alcaraz's first ATP victory came in July 2021 when he won the Croatia Open. Later, he defeated Diego Schwartzman to win the Rio Open. In April, he won the Miami Open, becoming the youngest player to do so- his first ATP 1000 victory.
Following this, he leapfrogged into the top 10 by winning the Barcelona Open. He defeated both Nadal and Djokovic in an impressive run of play to win the Madrid Open in May. He holds a unique record of becoming the first player to beat Nadal and Djokovic on clay court.
Djokovic said after his defeat to Alcaraz in the Madrid open that his maturity in the game at such a young age astounds him and that he handled the challenge is an outstanding way. This statement shows the impressive talent and emergence of Carlos Alcaraz into the main stage of professional tennis.
He became a global sensation after agreeing to endorsement deals with giants like Nike and Rolex. At the age of 19, Carlos Alcaraz established himself in international tennis. He could be the next Rafael Nadal from the land of Espana.