Carlos Alcaraz spent his lunchtime on Sunday at York University playing in a Florida local tournament, waiting patiently for his round to finish. He then had to rush off, before finishing his first full day on the job at York University’s L’Homme Dieu Gymnasium, to fly to the U.S.
The 19-year-old Venezuelan has not wasted any time since joining English professional tennis’ premier tour last year. By the age of 19, Alcaraz has notched a run of 10 wins out of 12, and on Sunday he became the youngest player in the Open era to reach the quarterfinals of a U.S. Open men’s tournament when he beat Daniil Medvedev of Russia, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Earlier this week, the teenager from Caracas said he had gained a hunger for success since arriving in the U.S. – he earned a wild card in the main draw of the tournament when he reached the qualifying round. Alcaraz said he feels “better than ever,” adding “I know I’m a great player.” Now, he has added to that belief with a monumental win over a top 25 player at a grand slam, to book a place in the quarterfinals.
Alcaraz said he was thrilled, even though the win was not “as good” as in the second round against Tim Smyczek. He’s now into the quarterfinals, for the second successive year. (2008 was his only other appearance in a U.S. Open quarterfinal.)