“Take a deep breath, relax,” coach Juan Carlos Ferrero told Carlos Alcaraz from the stands, minutes before becoming world number one and becoming US Open champion.
At 19 years old and with a triumph of great dimensions, Alcaraz overflowed the celebration with all youth. The tennis player left the court to jump over the wall to the stands and climb up to meet his team, merge into hugs and express emotion with tears and smiles. Alcaraz frequently looked toward that spot in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The tennis player is the youngest champion in the history of the ATP ranking, since 1973, and is also the fourth man from Spain to achieve the feat, joining his coach Juan Carlos Ferrero, Carlos Moya and Rafael Nadal.
Alcaraz came to Flushing Meadows as the No. 4 ranked player. His jump to first place is tied for the greatest in history. Three other players have passed between these positions. Moya (March 15, 1999), Andre Agassi (July 5, 1999), and Pete Sampras (September 11, 2000).
‘Carlitos’ has rewritten the record books on his way to the top of men’s tennis. Earlier this year he became the second-youngest player to win two ATP Masters 1000 titles (Miami and Madrid), behind only Nadal, who did so in 2005. Alcaraz also became the youngest ATP 500 champion in the series history in Rio de Janeiro and claimed another crown at that level in Barcelona.
The 19-year-old leads the ATP Tour with 51 wins this season, five wins ahead of second-placed Stefanos Tsitsipas (46).
“I’ve outdone myself, I’ve played great high-intensity matches that I’ve never played before. I am very happy to be number one in the world. It’s a logo thing. I never thought I would get something like this at 19 years old. Everything has come very fast. Is incredible. I dreamed of it since I was little, since I started playing tennis”.
The next step for Alcaraz is to start the group stage of the Davis Cup that will be played next week in Valencia in order to qualify for the finals in Malaga.
Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova defeated the American pair 3-6, 7-5, 6-1. The Czechs finished last season as the number one team in the world, after winning the WTA Finals in Guadalajara. Today they complete the Golden Slam of their career and their sixth Grand Slam title as a duo. They also won the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
The Australian pairing of John Peers and Storm Sanders defeated Kirsten Flipkens and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 4-6, 6-4, 10-7 at Arthur Ashe Stadium. It is the first Grand Slam mixed doubles title for Peers and Sanders.
“I can’t believe we are Grand Slam champions, that’s crazy. So, thank you very much for playing with me. We’ve been trying to set it up for the past year and I’ve really enjoyed every moment on the court with you,” Sanders said as he addressed Peers at the trophy presentation.
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