20 things to know about Carlo Alcaraz, the new tennis phenomenon

At the age of nineteen, the tennis player who, getting rid of Nadal, Djokovic and Zverev in a row, has just signed the Madrid tournament, is preparing as world number six to sit on the throne of world tennis. Here, in twenty points, all about the Spanish from the bimane backhand, who turned professional in 2018.

1) Initiation

Born in El Palmar (Murcia) He started playing in his father’s tennis school when he was three years old, inspired by Nadal. At the age of ten he is already the under 10 regional champion. Now after the 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 head of the tennis school of the Club de Campo in El Palmar, Murcia. Location to which Carlos jr dedicated the victory in Madrid. His grandfather is also called Carlos, one of the oldest members of the Campo El Palmar club

Papa Alcaraz was a pro tennis player of no exceptional level and left his career due to lack of financial means. It was no. 42 of Spain and says Sergi Bruguera, he always took the ball. The same Bruguera who on Sunday watched the son of his favorite victim overwhelm his assisted Alex Zverev in 50 minutes. Carlos sr decided how to behave with his son by looking at Bruguera himself: “He and his father Lluis were constantly clashing: I understood that with my son, on the other hand, I should have got along. This is why I have never been his coach ”.

3) Patron

Its first sponsor was Alfonso Lope Rueda, managing director of “Postres Reina”, a Murcian company of 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, l’erede

One of Carlos’s three brothers, Jaime, at 12 is already forging ahead. Carlos recently performed doubles with him in a tournament in Greece.

5) Juan Carlos Ferrero

The former world number one who won Roland Garros when Carlos gave his first cry, has been following him since he was 15, at his Equelite academy in Villena. “He changed my life, I evolved with him: I gained muscle, I grew up, I became tougher on the pitch,” said Carlos.

6) Bungalow

His home is a 25 square meter prefabricated building (two bedrooms and one bathroom) in the area of ​​the Equelite de Villena Academy in Alicante, where he lives and trains six hours a day. Alongside him live other members of Juan Carlos Ferrero’s team

7) Staff

He is followed by a staff of ten people including sparring partner, physical therapist, mental coach and, among others, the nutritionist.

8) Sand

He loves to train his body with barefoot exercises on the sand. But he does not neglect rope climbing either.

9) Plasma

One of his secrets is the traumatologist: his name is Juanio Lopez and he healed the arm tendon that gave him so many problems last year with platelet-enriched plasma.

10) Mindfulness

He has a psychologist who he meets periodically and who takes care of his mindfulness: her name is Isabelle Balaguer. Until two years ago, Josefina Cutillas followed him. Her secret is that she doesn’t stop too much thinking about wins and losses, she doesn’t allow emotions to last longer than it takes.

11) Golf

Carlos is a big fan of golf. Passion that he shares with the coach Juan Carlos Ferrero.

12) Diet

Eat rice and fish the night before a match. An hour and a half before taking the field he energizes his body with a cocoa cream. In his diet also dates and olive oil. He weighs 72 pounds and is 1.85 tall.

13) Favorite dish

His favorite dish is the stew prepared by mother Virginia accompanied by pringà: eat the meat by mashing the bread in the sauce. In short, a Spanish-style “shoe”.

14) Good luck

No Nadal-like tics but a series of superstitions: he chooses a shower at the beginning of the tournament and then always tries to wash himself in that. As with the bag, always left in the same position and the outfit: “If I start a tournament with a suit, I finish it with that”.

15) Puzzle

During the pandemic, the young Carlo passed the time by putting together a puzzle of 5,000 pieces.

16) Chess

Another great passion, chess: he claims that chess practice helps him to train concentration and create winning strategies on the tennis court: “In chess as in tennis, if you get lost for a moment you risk getting confused”.

17) Real Madrid

Carlos, who played five-a-side football, is a huge Real Madrid fan.

18) Money

To date he has earned $ 5 and a half million from tournaments alone. Her parents, Carlos and Virginia, manage them.

19) Nadal

Everyone approaches him, if only for nationality, to Rafa Nadal: but he, as a fan, prefers the game of Roger Federer.

20) Social

Carlos has 1.1 million followers on Instagram, on the Carlitosalcarazz account and 184,000 on Twitter.

By Editor