Carlos Alcaraz has had an extraordinary year, crowned with victory at the 2022 US Open in New York. With this success, Alcaraz became the youngest number one in history. So many records for the Spaniard, that in the last few hours he has also won the ATP ‘Most Improved’ award.
A more than deserved award with Alcaraz succeeding the Russian tennis player Aslan Karatsev, the real surprise of 2021. In these minutes, the Spanish tennis player has thanked the award and has made the following statements on his Instagram account: “I am very happy for this award and I want to thank all my colleagues who have voted me as the tennis player who has improved the most.
It is a great achievement for me. This year has been magnificent and next season I will try to improve what I have achieved even more.” Without a doubt, a calendar full of successes for the young man led by another winner, Juan Carlos Ferrero, who won the 2022 coach award.
Alcaraz won his first Grand Slam in New York, in addition to the Masters 1000 in Mimi and Madrid, along with the ATP 500 in Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona. Next year will be a challenge for the owner at the top of the ranking.
Cecchinato reflects on Alcaraz
Marco Cecchinato has said that Carlos Alcaraz reminds him of the latter’s illustrious compatriot Rafael Nadal. “I had a good training with Carlos. He’s really an extraordinary boy, and he’s very strong.
I’ve seen him grow a lot compared to the training sessions we’ve had in the past. … Compared to a year ago, he is much more powerful and he sees that he is working to play the forehand winner right away. In some ways he reminds me a lot of Rafa (Nadal).”
Cecchinato added that training with the reigning World No. 1 will hold him in good stead, saying: “Certainly comparing yourself with players of the highest level gives you an extra boost.” Carlos Alcaraz was recently commended by a well-known tennis journalist for outstanding achievements in his young career.
“In Alcaraz, he looks like the real deal for anything that you can use to measure his success by, and the fact that the first one he got ended up being at the US Open, which, I don’t think that’s what people would have predicted, I think that’s a good sign that he’s the man for all seasons and all surfaces,” he noted on the Court-side with Beilinson Tennis podcast.