AGI – At nineteen years old, the tennis player who, subsequently getting rid of Nadal, Djokovic and Zverev, has just signed for the Madrid tournament, is preparing as number six in the world to sit on the throne of world tennis. Here, in twenty points, all about the bimane backhand Spaniard, who turned pro in 2018.
Born in El Palmar (Murcia) He started playing at his father’s tennis school when he was three years old, inspired by Nadal. At the age of ten, he was already a sub-10 regional champion. Now, after victories in Miami, Barcelona and Madrid, he is number six in the world.
2) The three Carlos of the family
Carlos’s father, Carlos Alcaraz senior, was the director of the Club de Campo tennis school in El Palmar, Murcia. Location to which Carlos jr dedicated the victory in Madrid. His grandfather is also called Carlos, one of the oldest of the Campo El Palmar club
Papa Alcaraz was a professional tennis player of an unexceptional level and he abandoned his career due to lack of financial means. it was not 42 from Spain and says Sergi Bruguera, he always took the ball from him. The same Bruguera who on Sunday saw the son of his favorite victim run over his client Alex Zverev in 50 minutes. Carlos sr decided how to behave with his son by looking at Bruguera himself: “He and his father Lluis constantly clashed: I understood that with my son, on the other hand, I should have gotten along well. That’s why I’ve never been his coach.”
Its first sponsor was Alfonso Lope Rueda, general director of “Postres Reina”, a Murcian company that makes sweets derived from milk. It was thanks to him that Carlos Jr was able to go to Pula to play a Master under 10 at the age of 10.
4) Jaime, the heir
One of Carlos’s three brothers, Jaime, is already getting ahead at 12 years old. Carlos recently performed doubles with him at a tournament in Greece.
5) Juan Carlos Ferrero
The former world number one who won Roland Garros when Carlos gave his first cry, has followed him since he was 15 years old, at his Equelite de Villena academy. “It changed my life, I evolved with it: I gained muscle, I grew, I got tougher on the court,” Carlos said.
His home is a 25-square-meter prefabricated building (two bedrooms and a bathroom) in the Equelite Academy area of Villena de Alicante, where he lives and trains six hours a day. Next to him live other members of the Juan Carlos Ferrero team
He is followed by a staff of ten people, including the sparring partner, the physiotherapist, the mental coach and, among others, the nutritionist.
He loves to train his body with barefoot exercises on the sand. But he doesn’t skip rope climbing either.
One of his secrets is the traumatologist: his name is Juanio López and he cured the tendon in his arm that gave him so many problems last year with platelet-enriched plasma.
She has a psychologist that she visits periodically and who deals with her mindfulness: her name is Isabelle Balaguer. Until two years ago she followed Josefina Cutillas. The secret of her is that she doesn’t stop thinking too much about wins and losses, she doesn’t allow emotions to last longer than necessary.
Carlos is a great golf fan. Passion that he shares with coach Juan Carlos Ferrero.
Eat rice and fish the night before a game. An hour and a half before going out to the field, energize the body with a cocoa cream. In your diet also dates and olive oil. He weighs 72 pounds and is 1.85 meters tall.
13) favorite dish
His favorite dish is the stew that mother Virginia prepares accompanied by pringà: the meat is eaten crushing the bread in the sauce. In short, a “shoe” to the Spanish.
14) Good luck
There are no Nadal tics but a series of superstitions: he chooses a shower at the beginning of the tournament and then always tries to wash in it. As with the bag, he always leaves the same position and the outfit: “If I start a tournament with a suit, I finish it with that one”.
During the pandemic, young Carlo spent his time putting together a 5,000-piece puzzle.
Another great passion, chess: he assures that playing chess helps him train concentration and create winning strategies on the tennis court: “In chess, as in tennis, if you miss a moment you run the risk of getting confused.”
17) Royal Madrid
Carlos, who played futsal, is a great madridista.
To date he has won $5.5 million in tournaments alone. His parents, Carlos and Virginia, manage them.
Everyone approaches him, even by nationality, to Rafa Nadal: but he, as a fan, prefers Roger Federer’s game.
Carlos has 1.1 million followers on Instagram, on the Carlitosalcarazz account, and 184,000 on Twitter.