Born on May 5, 2003, Carlos Alcaraz Garfia is a Spanish tennis player whose breakout success and meteoric rise to the top ten have garnered significant attention, with many drawing close comparisons to fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal.
Carlos was born in El Palmar, the most populous village in Murcia, Spain, along with his parents Carlos and Virginia, and three brothers, Alvaro, Sergio, and Jamie.
Supported by his father, an avid tennis player and a former top-40 player in Spain, Carlos started playing tennis at the early age of three. His affinity and passion for the sport grew steadily, and he set lofty goals for himself to be one of the best.
Rafael Nadal, his childhood hero, served as an excellent role model and a player who Carlos followed closely growing up.
Carlos turned professional in 2018 when he was 15 years old, playing Futures and Challenger tournaments. However, he landed his first shot on the ATP Tour after receiving a wildcard at the Rio Open in 2020. He won his first match but fell in the second round.
In 2021, Carlos found some early success as an Australian Open qualifier, again making it to the second round before suffering a loss. Shortly after, he won the 2021 Open de Oeiras III, a Challenger tournament, allowing him to break into the ATPs top 100 for the first time.
Then in July, he captured his first ATP title at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open. After falling in the second round of Wimbledon, Carlos made his deepest run at a Grand Slam reaching the quarterfinals before retiring from his match due to a leg injury.
By the end of 2021, Carlos had broken into the top 35 as the youngest player and closed out the year strong with a Next Gen ATP Finals win over Sebastian Korda.
In 2022, Carlos has quickly built on his success with four titles at the Rio Open, Miami Open, Barcelona Open, and Madrid Open. Although he reached the quarterfinals at the French Open, he eventually lost to Alexander Zverev.
With a career-high ranking of six in the world at age 19, Carlos Alcaraz is one of the sport’s brightest young talents, whose speed, power, and energy make him an exciting player to watch.