19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz is the youngest player to top the men’s world rankings and is already planning to make sure his time as world number one lasts.
The Spaniard climbed to the top of the ATP rankings this month when he claimed his first Grand Slam title at the US Open in Flushing Meadows.
“One of my goals is to end (the year) as number one,” Alcaraz was quoted as saying on the ATP website.
“Now that I’m there my goal is to stay for as many days, weeks and months as possible. We will work for that.”
Alcaraz and compatriot Rafa Nadal, who won the Australian Open and French Open in 2022, are the only players to have secured their spot for the ATP Finals in Turin.
The men’s tour end-of-season tournament will be played between the top eight singles players and the doubles team, and Alcaraz has their eyes on that.
“I have several tournaments before the ATP Finals and we will give everything,” said Alcaraz. “I have several important tournaments and one goal is to win the ATP Finals.
“You have to do what you’ve been doing, be comfortable with what you’re doing, enjoy yourself, be happy on the court, play tennis – and I will do that. That’s the secret for me. Trying to forget everything else and have fun playing tennis.”
Novak Djokovic, a 21-time Grand Slam winner, showered praise on Alcaraz, calling the Spaniard a “great asset” to tennis.
“I congratulate Alcaraz on winning the US Open,” said Djokovic, who missed the US Open due to not being vaccinated against COVID-19, on the sidelines of the Laver Cup in London.
“He did it in an incredible way… He’s 19 years old and already world No. 1. I mean it’s pretty amazing what he’s accomplished so far.
“He’s a great addition to our sport, a big star in the making. Well, he’s already realized the Grand Slam champion, so we can’t talk about him as the future because he’s already a gift.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/carlos-alcaraz-mens-rankings-atp-finals-b2173717.html Carlos Alcaraz wants to remain at the top in the long term after becoming the men’s No. 1