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Carlos Alcaraz: Is he starting a new era?

Spanish tennis player Carlos Alcaraz getting ready to serve

When a nineteen-year-old Spaniard won the U.S. Open in 2022, he created a furore in the tennis world; the youngest to do so since Pete Sampras in 1990. However, till date it remains the only Grand Slam title that he has ever won, but with superlative performances in other tennis tournaments around the world, Carlos Alcaraz Garfia found the favour of both, the Association of Tennis Professionals as well as the World Tennis Association, as the World No. 1 in singles.

With eleven ATP Tour-level singles titles and four Masters 1000 titles against his name, Carlos has created several records as the youngest player to achieve those distinctions. In fact, the year 2022 was a glorious year for this young man. Still a month short of entering the last of his teens, he won the Miami Open and then the Madrid Open, a month later. At the age of 19 years, 4 months and 6 days, he became the youngest player to be rated No. 1 in the ATP rankings, and maintained that ranking till the end of the year to become the youngest player to retain the No. 1 till the year end.

In the Grand Slam events, Carlos Alcaraz’s performance has not been all that impressive except for that one U.S. Open title. Last year, he reached the third round of the Australian Open, the quarter-finals of the French Open and was eliminated in the fourth round at the Wimbledon. This year, he did not play at the Australian Open but did impress in reaching the semi-finals at Roland Garos.

Cover of the August 2023 issue of The Teenager Today featuring tennis sensation Carlos Alcaraz.

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Gp Capt Achchyut Kumar has been associated with The Teenager Today for more than 50 years as a reader and contributor on varied topics. Having worked in the Indian Air Force and with Forbes & Company Limited, he is now a lawyer in Nainital High Court.

Gp. Capt. Achchyut Kumar

Gp Capt Achchyut Kumar has been associated with The Teenager Today for more than 50 years as a reader and contributor on varied topics. Having worked in the Indian Air Force and with Forbes & Company Limited, he is now a lawyer in Nainital High Court.