Becoming the youngest player to top the men’s world rankings, 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz is already plotting to ensure his tenure as world number one is long.
The Spaniard rose to the top of the ATP rankings this month when he won his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open in Flushing Meadows.
“One of my goals is to finish (the year) as number one,” Alcaraz said as quoted by the ATP website.
“Now that I’m here, my goal is to stay as many days, weeks and months as possible. We will work for it.
Alcaraz and fellow Spaniard Rafa Nadal, who won the Australian and French Open titles in 2022, are the only players to have sealed their place in the ATP Finals in Turin.
The season-ending tournament on the men’s circuit is between the top eight singles players and the doubles team and Alcaraz have their eyes on it.
“I have several tournaments before the ATP Finals and we will give it our all,” Alcaraz said. “I have several important tournaments and one goal is to try to win the ATP Finals.
“You have to do what you’ve done, feel comfortable with what you’re doing, have fun, be happy on the court, play tennis – and that’s what I’m going to do. That’s the secret for me. Trying to forget everything else and enjoy tennis.
21-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic has praised Alcaraz, calling the Spaniard a ‘great addition’ to tennis.
“I congratulate Alcaraz for winning the US Open,” said Djokovic, who missed the US Open because he was not vaccinated against COVID-19, on the sidelines of the Laver Cup in London.
“He’s done it in an amazing way… He’s 19 and already world No. 1. I mean, it’s pretty amazing what he’s achieved so far.
“He’s a great addition to our sport, a big star in the making. Well, he’s already achieved the Grand Slam title so we can’t talk about him as a future because he’s already a present.