US OPEN – ATP Ranking: Carlos Alcaraz becomes the youngest No. 1 in history and erases Lleyton Hewitt from the shelves

We knew it, this final of the US Open would lead to a double dose of happiness for its winner. Carlos Alcaraz is therefore this one after getting the better of Casper Ruud in four sets on Sunday night. The cake is obviously this first major title. It would not have been less beautiful, less striking, nor less moving without this place of world number one. But the cherry is damn pretty, too.

If this seizure of power could initially be only ephemeral as the gaps are narrow at the top, it remains no less historic. At 19 years, 4 months and 7 days, Alcaraz will become Monday the youngest number one since the creation of the ATP ranking in 1973. The Spaniard does not only beat this record. He pulverizes it. Never a player under 20 had settled at the top of the hierarchy. The previous record was owned by Lleyton Hewitt, number one for the first time at 20 years and almost 9 months.

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The youth in power

This is all the more impressive as the time has been rather aging for the elite of men’s tennis over the past ten years. Not long ago, the Top 10 was almost exclusively monopolized by thirtysomethings. Youth pushed (Alexander Zverev was world No. 3 at 20), Jannik Sinner also performed very well very early on, but it is almost paradoxical that the youngest number one in history arises in our time. One more sign, if needed, which testifies to the extraordinary side of Juan Carlos Ferrero’s protege.

Of course, his accession to the throne was accelerated by certain circumstances. Starting with the fact that over the past 52 weeks, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have only been able to play intermittently. The Serb has only played nine tournaments over this period, the Spaniard ten. We can discuss, when there is still time, whether Carlos Alcaraz is already indisputably the best player in the world. But he is the world number one and, frankly, this costume suits him perfectly.

The 28 world number ones

Last name Country Date
Ilie Nastase Romania 08/23/1973
John Newcombe Australia 06/03/1974
Jimmy Connors UNITED STATES 07/29/1974
Bjorn Borg Sweden 08/23/1977
John McEnroe UNITED STATES 03/03/1980
Ivan Lendl Czechoslovakia 02/28/1983
Mats Wilander Sweden 09/12/1988
Stefan Edberg Sweden 08/13/1990
Boris Becker Germany 02/17/1991
Jim Courier UNITED STATES 02/10/1992
Pete Sampras UNITED STATES 04/12/1993
Andre Agassi UNITED STATES 04/10/1995
Thomas Muster Austria 02/12/1996
Marcelo Rios Chile 03/30/1998
Carlos Moyà Spain 03/15/1999
Yevgeny Kafelnikov Russia 05/03/1999
Patrick Rafter Australia 08/02/1999
Marat Safin Russia 11/20/2000
Gustavo Kuerten Brazil 04/12/2000
Lleyton Hewitt Australia 11/19/2001
Juan Carlos Ferrero Spain 09/08/2003
Andy Roddick UNITED STATES 11/03/2003
Roger Federer Swiss 02/02/2004
Rafael Nadal Spain 08/18/2008
Novak Djokovic Serbia 04/07/2011
Andy Murray Britain 07/11/2016
Daniel Medvedev Russia 02/28/2022
Carlos Alcaraz Spain 09/12/2022

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