Carlos Alcaraz was born on May 5, 2003, in El Palmar, a town in the region of Murcia, Spain. He showed a keen interest in tennis from a very young age and began playing the sport at just three years old. In a recent turn of events, he defeated tennis giant, Novak Djokovic. He possesses a powerful and well-rounded game, with a particularly strong forehand and a one-handed backhand, a rarity among modern players. Currently, he is in the top position on the ATP Live Rankings. However, he achieved this feat for the first time in September 2022, becoming the youngest player to do so. This is not the only record he has broken; there are many facts and records he has created that you probably do not know. So, Let us know about 7 Unknown Facts about Carlos Alcaraz.
7 Unknown Facts about Carlos Alcaraz
1. Youngest to Secure World No 1 Spot
The 19-year-old was the first man born in the 2000s to secure the world No. 1 spot, as he was born on May 5, 2003. Carlos reached the career-high rank of 1 on September 12, 2022. After achieving this feat, he became the youngest man on earth to do so.
2. Youngest US Open Champion (Men)
He beat Ruud in the 2022 US Open final for the No. 1 ranking, becoming the youngest men’s champion at the US Open since Sampras, 19, in 1990, and at any Grand Slam event since Nadal, 19, at Roland Garros in 2005.
3. Youngest player to defeat both Nadal and Djokovic
Surprisingly, Carlos became the youngest player to defeat both Nadal and Djokovic and the 1st to do so at some clay-court event, beating them on back-to-back days en route to the 2nd ATP Masters 1000 title in 2022 Madrid. Recently, he also defeated Novak Djokovic to win his 1st Wimbledon title in 2023.
4. Became the youngest ATP 500 champion at the 2022 Rio de Janeiro
He became the youngest ATP 500 champion at 2022 Rio de Janeiro (165 events since 2009) and the 3rd-youngest ATP Masters 1000 champion at 2022 Miami (294 events since 1990).
5. Follows football and Real Madrid
Carlos also enjoys golf and football. When asked about his favorite teams, he said “My favorite football team is Real Madrid”. He often watches football matches in his free time and even plays the sport.
6. Recently he beat Novak Djokovic
Carlos Alcaraz won his maiden Wimbledon title in 2023. He beat Novak Djokovic in the final in a five-set epic. He broke Djokovic’s 45-match-winning streak on Centre Court, as well as his 34-match-winning streak at Wimbledon and the Serb’s 34-match-winning streak at Grand Slams.
7. Born in the Tennis Lovers family
Carlos Alcaraz was born into a family of tennis lovers in El Palmar (Murcia). His father and grandfather both played the sport, and his father also runs a tennis academy. This played a crucial role in his tennis career.