Carlos Alcaraz Garfia
ATP Male Tennis Player
|Birthday||May 5, 2003|
|Height||6′ 0″ (1.83m)|
|Weight||163 lbs (74kg)|
|Birthplace||El Palmar, Murcia, Spain|
|Highest Ranking||1 (First Achieved 9/12/22)|
|Coach||Juan Carlos Ferrero|
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Carlos is active on several prominent social media websites, including Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. However, he doesn’t currently have a TikTok account.
The following are his handles and links to where you can follow his journey on each of these websites.
- Instagram: @carlitosalcarazz
- Twitter: @alcarazcarlos03
- Facebook: Carlos Alcaraz
- TikTok: @carlosalcaraz
He’s most active on Twitter.
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 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, 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 ATP’s 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 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.
Carlos Alcaraz’s primary language is Spanish, but he also speaks English fluently.
So far in his career, Carlos Alcaraz has accumulated an impressive $14,267,635 in prize money, which scratches the surface as Nike, Babolat, and Rolex also sponsor him.
It’s safe to assume that Carlos’ net worth exceeds $15 million. However, it’s quickly changing as he continues to log impressive results at the world’s biggest tournaments.
Carlos relies on Babolat for his racquets, strings, racquet bag, replacement grips, overgrips, and other related accessories.
Here’s the gear he endorses:
- Racquet: Babolat Pure Aero VS
- Strings: RPM Blast 1.30 (16 gauge)
- Tension: 55 lbs (24.95 kg) mains / 53 lbs (24.04 kg) crosses
- Racquet Bag: Babolat Pure Aero 12 Pack
- Overgrips: Babolat Tour Original
- Vibration Dampener: n/a
Many professional tennis players use customized versions of existing racquets with specs catering to their needs. However, to the surprise of many, Carlos uses a stock Babolat Pure Aero VS without any significant modifications to the racquet.
In 2019, Carlos Alcaraz signed a deal with Nike for all his apparel, including shoes. You’ll notice he’s wearing different outfits throughout the year, which Nike dictates and changes throughout the seasons, usually coinciding with Grand Slam events.
Carlos wears the Nike Air Zoom Vapor Pro for his shoes, the latest evolution of Nike’s popular Vapor line for tennis, one of my picks for the best tennis shoes.
As a young player with broad appeal achieving consistent success, there’s no doubt Carlos will be a highly sought-after athlete for endorsements. However, Rolex, ElPozo Alimentación, and Caser Seguros are his only major endorsement outside of Nike and Babolat, which he uses for gear.
It’s early in Carlos’ career, so it’s not surprising he hasn’t had too many injuries, but he has suffered a few challenges.
Notably, he retired from his quarterfinal match against Felix Auger-Aliassime at the 2021 US Open due to an injury to his right adductor, a muscle in the upper leg.
Carlos pulled out of the Italian Open more recently due to an ankle injury he sustained at the Madrid Open when he fell playing Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals.
Other than that, he hasn’t suffered any injuries that have forced him not to play, but he has an explosive game, so it will be interesting to see how his body holds up in the coming years.
Awards & Media
Quickly gaining traction on the ATP Tour, Carlos Alcaraz is attracting worldwide media attention. Here are a handful of my favorites.
The little details about Carlos Alcaraz that you may not already know.
In December of 2022, Carlos received his first tattoo, the letters CCC on his forearm below his wrist. The tattoo stands for Cabeza, Corazón, and Cojones, meaning head, heart, and balls.
In difficult moments, Carlos has always said that he remembers this motto his grandfather taught him. You’ll also find him pointing to these three areas of his body sometimes after a hard-fought win.
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