July 22, 2024

Open Court


Class of 2003 is coming – already

Remember a few years ago, when Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime was often the “first player born in 2000 to …”

Well, we’re already at the “first player born in 2003 to” stage.

Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz Garfia, who turns 16 on May 5, won his first ATP Challenger Tour match at Juan Carlos Ferrero’s Equelite Academy Challenger in Alicante, Spain.

Alcarez, who won a Grade 1 junior event at the same academy over the weekend, received a wild card into his hometown event and defeated another wild card, 17-year-old Jannik Sinner of Italy, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

(The dream ended Wednesday. Veteran Lukas Rosol beat him in three sets).

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