Carlos Alcaraz to CNN: ‘I’m playing unbelievable tennis’ – and I’m the only one
For Carlos Alcaraz, it’s a bit of a dream come true. He’s a 25-year-old playing pro tennis, wearing the world’s most sought-after blue top.
But he’s just one of a handful of players in the world — and one in the United States, specifically — to have achieved this milestone by going pro.
Alcaraz is playing on the same side as three-time US Open champion Roger Federer, fellow American and top-seed Andre Agassi, British-Italian Roger Federer, two-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, and fellow Australian Lleyton Hewitt.
In 2012, he had a year’s break after his collegiate team lost a four-setter to the University of Florida. But he started playing again on the senior tour, and was on the verge of making it into the top 100 when he was called up to the U.S. national team for the Davis Cup in 2011.
“I was playing a lot of tournaments in college,” Alcaraz said. “I was very motivated and excited to get back to the college circuit and to play a lot of tournaments. But at the end of the season, I wasn’t playing well and got a call from the Davis Cup team and then I played more tournaments. Two years later, I was in the top 100.”
Alcaraz was a top-40 player in the world before the birth of his son, but the U.S. Davis Cup team played very well under Alcaraz’s guidance, making it to the finals and winning the title.
“After the Davis Cup, I played a lot of tournaments with good results, and then I was a top 100 player in the world. I was a top-40 player. [Then, at one event], I was playing in the second round against a top 100 player, and I