It’s official! Carlos Alcaraz becomes the youngest year-end No. 1 in ATP history


Only an abdominal tear could keep Carlos Alcaraz out of the ATP Finals, but even that devastating development couldn’t stop the soaring Spaniard from becoming the center of attention in Turin on Tuesday.

When Casper Ruud took a set from Taylor Fritz during Tuesday night’s round robin in Turin, the champagne could be open: Alcaraz is the ATP’s year-end No. 1. This milestone marks a formative moment for Alcaraz, although the shadow of an injury currently hangs over him.

Two months ago, Alcaraz became the youngest No. 1-ranked player in history on Monday after his US Open title. The 19-year-old is the 28th No. 1-ranked player in ATP history and the 18th player to complete a season as the highest-ranked player on the tour.

Remarkably, he is the only teenager to achieve both feats.

Carlos Alcaraz will travel to Turin on Wednesday to attend a special ceremony on the pitch at 9 p.m. local time.

Nadal and Tsitsipas quickly – and quietly – eliminated from competition

Both Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas had a glimmer of hope ahead of the start of the ATP Finals. Tsitsipas could have reached No.1 with an unbeaten title run in Turin, while Nadal could have finished a season at No.1 for the sixth time had he been able to win the title, or reach the final after making 2 -1 in the round robin. to play.

His chances of winning two games in the round robin evaporated on Tuesday as he lost to Félix Auger-Aliassime to fall 0-2; when Ruud won a set against Fritz, the Spaniard was mathematically eliminated from the pursuit.

Djokovic and the other 17 year-end No. 1s in ATP history

Alcaraz’s feat is historic. Since the tour began recording the rankings in 1973, only 18 men have managed to finish a season at the top of the rankings.

Here they are, listed with their number of year-end #1 finishes:

  1. Novak Djokovic, 7 years old
  2. Pete Sampras, 6 years old
  3. Jimmy Connors, 6 years old
  4. Raphael Nadal, 5 years old
  5. Roger Federer, 5 years old
  6. John McEnroe, 4 years old
  7. Ivan Lendl, 4 years old
  8. Bjorn Borg, 2
  9. Stefan Edberg, 2
  10. Lleyton Hewitt, 2 years old
  11. Ilie Nastase
  12. Mats Wilander
  13. Jim Courier
  14. Andre Agassi
  15. Gustavo Kuerten
  16. Andy Roddick
  17. Andy Murray
  18. Carlos Alcaraz

And here are the ten youngest year-end No. 1s in ATP history, with their ages listed and the year they reached the rankings:

  • 1. Carlos Alcaraz, 19, 6 months, 9 days (2022)
  • 2. Lleyton Hewitt, 20 years, 10 months, 7 days (2001)
  • 3. Andy Roddick, 21, 4 months, 1 day (2003)
  • 4. Jimmy Connors, 22 years, 3 months, 29 days (1974)
  • 5. Jim Courier, 22 years, 4 months, 14 days (1992)
  • 6. Pete Sampras, 22 years, 4 months, 19 days (1993)
  • 7. Rafael Nadal, 22 years, 6 months, 28 days (2008)
  • 8. John McEnroe, 22 years, 10 months, 15 days (1981)
  • 9. Roger Federer, 23 years, 4 months, 23 days (2004)
  • 10. Borg, 23 years, 6 months, 25 days (1979)

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