“Everything came so fast. For me it’s unbelievable. It’s something I dreamed since I was a kid, since I started playing tennis.”
Carlos Alcaraz, 19, after winning the U.S. Open. He is the youngest man ever to become the No. 1 player in the Association of Tennis Professionals' (ATP) rankings.
sep 12, 2022
Why It Matters: Carlos Alcaraz, from Spain, is the first teenager to win the U.S. Open since 1990. Some consider him the "Next Big Thing," ushering in a new era of tennis. Following his win, he said, “I want to be (at) the top for many, many weeks — I hope many years ... I’m going to fight (to) have more of this.”
- Alcaraz's opponent in the final, Casper Ruud, said of Alcaraz: "He’s one of these few rare talents that comes up every now and then in sports. That’s what it seems like. Let’s see how his career develops, but it’s going all in the right direction.” Ruud is 23 years old and from Norway. Their match lasted more than three hours.
- The U.S. Open set an all-time attendance record this year.
- Two American players that made headlines: Serena Williams played what could be her final match on September 2. It was ESPN's most-watched tennis match ever, with nearly 7 million people tuning in to the final set. Frances Tiafoe became the first American man in 16 years to reach the U.S. Open semifinals. He lost to Alcaraz.
Carlos Alcaraz wins US Open for 1st Slam title, top ranking (The Associated Press)