On Sunday, Spanish tennis player Carlos Alcaraz won his first-ever grass-court title in London and reclaimed the top ranking, after beating Alex de Minaur in the Queen’s final.
Alcaraz demonstrated impeccable form to outclass Australian opponent Alex de Minaur, winning 6-4, and 6-4, to outstrip Novak Djokovic in the rankings. Now at the age of 20, Alcaraz is set to enter Wimbledon, commencing on July 3rd, as the premier men’s seed.
Alcaraz’s stellar season continues, having already bagged five titles, including this grass-court triumph which was only his third. With Wimbledon on the horizon, the young Spaniard is set to challenge Djokovic’s reign.
Reflecting on his victory, Alcaraz expressed his delight, “Having followed this tournament since my early days in tennis, playing here is special to me. Seeing my name etched on the trophy alongside great champions is amazing.”
Alcaraz credited his top seeding at Wimbledon to the unwavering support from fans throughout the week. Despite early questions about his aptitude for grass-court play, Alcaraz’s impressive performance swiftly put those doubts to rest.
Notably, Alcaraz’s dynamic play style, humility, and engaging smile won him many admirers throughout the tournament. He admitted to some early difficulties adjusting to the grass-court but ultimately left the tournament feeling energized and on a high note.
24-year-old de Minaur, who was vying to become the first Australian Queen’s champion since Lleyton Hewitt in 2006, provided a spirited challenge with his nimbleness and swift court coverage.
Nonetheless, Alcaraz displayed great prowess with astute drop shots, assertive forehand winners, and clever volleys to seize the first set. Despite calling for medical attention due to a right quad issue, he battled on to clinch the championship.
The match concluded when de Minaur’s return of serve missed the mark, crowning Alcaraz as the winner and further cementing his status as a rising star in the tennis world.