This is how Alcaraz’s dream to become a Roland Garros champion was born: from 12 to 21 years old


Carlos Alcaraz lifted the Musketeers Cup handed to him by a Roland Garros legend, the Swede Bjorn Borg. He knew the trophy well, even though it was the first time he had held it in his hands in a few hours. He will take home a smaller replica, after completing today’s protocol session on the streets of Paris.

“Yes, I have imagined it, I have the image of being able to lift the trophy,” he confessed before realizing that dream, which started at a young age. “I remember when I finished school I would run home to turn on the television and watch football games. Roland Garros. Furthermore, they started giving them away at that time. I have seen many matches and Nadal has dominated this tournament for fourteen years. And I want to put my name on this list of Spanish champions: Nadal, Ferrero, Moya, Costa, llegends of our sport. “I want to leave my mark and my name on that list.”

He has entered the record, with a vocation to repeat. He is the tenth Spanish singles champion at Roland Garros. Additionally, the four he mentioned also won, most recently, in the men’s category Manolo Santana, Andrés Gimeno and Sergi Bruguera. Eight men, to whom we add two champions, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario and Garbiñe Muguruza.

The day he got to know Roland Garros from the inside remains in his memory. He didn’t make it on his first visit to Paris, but he quickly began to dismiss that as an anecdote. The year was 2015, he was only 12 years old and one of the sixteen promises in the world who got access to the tournament in the territorial stages. Longines Futures Tennis Aces. In practice, a Roland Garros sub-13.

He won the position by defeating his friend, and at that time also a rival, in Murcia. Pedro Cobacho. He traveled with Carlos Santos, along with coach Kiko Navarro. At the foot of the Eiffel Tower, Alcaraz lost in the semifinals against the Chinese Xiaofei Wangmore physically trained and won an award that even a more famous Dane did not get today Holger Rune.

Alcaraz recalled that “I only went to Roland Garros once, when I was eleven or twelve years old and I went to play a tournament that they held under the Eiffel Tower. It was a very good moment, I met many foreign players, like Holger.

Among the rewards, watching the game with Philippe Chatrier. Richard Gasquet and Kevin Anderson played.

As a junior he fell first. It also did not make it past the 2020 qualifying phase, but it did make it past 2021, reaching the third round. He made the quarterfinals in 2022, the semis in 2023 and came full circle in 2024. At the age of 21 and 1 month.

The record for precocity at Roland Garros belongs to Rafael Nadal, who started his streak with 19. Yes, he is the first sub-22 to have titles on all three Grand Slam surfaces: hard court (2022), Wimbledon (2023) and Roland Garros (2024). The Australian Open is missing, but it’s also being played hard.

Rafael Nadal He did this when he was 22 years and 7 months old. At 23, Wilander. They had to wait longer Connors (26), Federer (27) and Djokovic (29) –Swiss and Serbian because of Nadal’s monopoly–, and Agassi (29)

Source: La Verdad


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