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Carlos Alcaraz has firmly established himself as the next big thing in the men’s game. As the current world number 1 and most recently, Wimbledon champion, he’s a guy that is just destined for greatness. Alcaraz’s game is nothing short of phenomenal, and I say this for everything from his shot-making to his athletic abilities. Because of this, many question whether Alcaraz will have any major rivals in the coming years.
After all, with Nadal’s retirement on the horizon, it’s only Novak Djokovic that is left holding the throne for the big three. And even with that being the case, Alcaraz toppled Djokovic in the Wimbledon final. This result felt like a changing of the guard moment in the men’s game, and it cemented Alcaraz’s status as the next great of the sport. But why am I telling you this?
Well, I’m saying this to show that Carlos Alcaraz could well go unchallenged for several years unless another unreal talent arises. On that note, the next huge talent might be closer to Carlos Alcaraz than we realize. Specifically, Alcaraz’s younger brother, Jaime Alcaraz, is turning a few heads at just 12 years of age. Just last week, the youngest of Alcaraz’s siblings captured a prestigious title in Spain.
This was one of the ‘Rafa Nadal Tour’ events, which are quite significant domestically. Many of Spain’s top juniors participate in these tournaments, and Jaime Alcaraz has managed to demonstrate his skills while winning the under-12s event. And for those of you who believe in fate, a fun fact is that Carlos Alcaraz also won this title just seven years ago.
This result has made quite a few pundits sit up and take note of another potential sensation coming from the Alcaraz family. Let me explain in greater detail now.
Jaime Alcaraz – Destined to Rise to the Top and Challenge Carlitos in the Future?
I must say, I was pretty excited to see that the youngest of Alcaraz’s four siblings had captured this title in Spain. After all, don’t we all enjoy the prospect of a family dynasty in professional tennis? We had it with the Williams sisters for the longest time in the women’s game, and to some degree, we experienced it with the Bryan brothers in the men’s game. However, the Bryan brothers obviously dominated the doubles tour as opposed to the singles tour.
Yet with Jaime Alcaraz already winning major events at just 12 years old, could it really be the case that he will come through to challenge his brother in the future? Let me give you some further information to show why this is by no means out of the equation.
Walking Directly in His Brother’s Footsteps
Without question, the part of this story that has excited fans the most is the fact that Carlos Alcaraz also won this event as a 12-year-old. Therefore, if history is any indicator of future possibilities, then this fact certainly looks pretty promising for Jaime Alcaraz. But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, I should point out that Carlos Alcaraz won both the under-12s and the under-14s at that age.
This is rather amazing given the huge differences physically in juniors that are between 12 and 14 years of age. However, this victory cannot be taken away from Jaime Alcaraz, as he has matched his brother’s previous success.
Tournament Victory With the Loss of Two Sets
The Rafa Nadal Tour event was a 48-player draw that consisted of some of the best talents in Spain for the under 12 age group. Of course, Jaime Alcaraz ultimately emerged as the winner, meaning that he bested 47 other players for the title. Along the way, he managed to win five matches, and his final two matches were both three-set battles. This means that he only lost two sets en route to the title, which is pretty awesome given that he was just the number 4 seed.
And much like his older brother, he’s obviously rather handy when it comes to those clutch moments in tennis matches.
Tennis Connections as a Result of Carlitos’ Status
For the third and final reason that I believe he could be a star of the future, I’ve got to point out the path that Carlitos has carved out. As we all know, becoming a professional tennis player is anything but easy. It takes incredible commitment, sacrifice, and you need an awesome team around you to make it. Combining such elements together can be seemingly impossible at times, yet Jaime Alcaraz has the golden ticket with Carlos as his older brother.
Thanks to his brother’s massive success, he could access the top coaches, academies, and receive everything he needs in order to prosper in the sport.
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