Carlos Alcaraz US Open 2022

Carlos Alcaraz arrives in Valencia for Davis Cup competition

Carlos Alcaraz has arrived back home in Spain for the Davis Cup Group Stage less than three days since achieving the pinnacle of his career to date in winning the US Open. 

The new world number one will lead Team Spain ahead of world number 21 Roberto Bautista Agut, 12th ranked doubles player Marcel Granollers, Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Pedro Martinez. The nation hosts Canada, Serbia and South Korea in Valencia, facing Serbia first on Wednesday 14th September.

It will be just a second Davis Cup appearance for the 19-year-old, who defeated Romania’s Marius Copil in his event debut in a first round qualifier in Marbella back in February. Alcaraz won the Junior Davis Cup back in 2018 at the age of 15, defeating Team France in the final in Budapest, Hungary.

Spain are six-time champions of the senior Davis Cup, making them the sixth most successful nation in the event’s history. All of those triumphs came in the 21st century, the most recent in 2019.

22-time Slam champion Rafael Nadal has participated in five of those victories, in 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2019, the nation’s first title coming in 2000 with a team that included Alcaraz’s coach and former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero.

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