Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz, who defeated Casper Ruud, claimed his first Grand Slam title at the US Open and became the youngest man to rise to the world No. 1 rankings.
“It’s something I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid – to be number one in the world, a champion of a Grand Slam,” said the 19-year-old champion.
“It’s something I’ve been trying to achieve, all the hard work I’ve put in with my team and family. I’m only 19 and all the important decisions were made by my parents and my team. very special for me,” he added.
Alcaraz, the first teenager to take first place, is the youngest men’s Grand Slam champion since Rafael Nadal at the 2005 French Open.
He is also the youngest champion in New York since Pete Sampras in 1990.
How much will the young champion earn?
Alcaraz, who rose to the top of the Association of Tennis Professionals rankings with his 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(1), 6-3 win, will earn $2.6 million, according to the US Open.
The last Grand Slam of 2022 had a whopping $42,628,000 up for grabs with men and women receiving equal prize money.
Of that, runner-up Ruud, the new world No. 2, will take home $1.3 million in prize money.
Semifinalists Frances Tiafoe of the United States and Karen Khachanov of Russia each received a $705,000 paycheck.
Andrey Rublev, Jannik Sinner, Matteo Berrettini and Nick Kyrgios, who did not make it past the quarterfinals, left the tournament with $445,000 each.
Those who dropped out of the round of 16 received paychecks for $278,000, while those who dropped out during the round of 16 received checks for $188,000.
US Open competitors who failed to advance through the second round received $121,000 in prize money, while those who failed to advance in the first round received $80,000.
The 2022 US Open saw an increase in total prize money across all competitions with a staggering $60 million in bid compared to $57.5 million last year.
In 2021, US Open champion Daniil Medvedev earned $2.5 million while runner-up Novak Djokovic earned $1.25 million.
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