Carlos Alcaraz ATP Miami Open 2022

Carlos Alcaraz reveals his target for 2022 after amazing breakthrough season

Carlos Alcaraz says he is not thinking about his world ranking this season despite him having a realistic shot at finishing the year in the top three.

The 19-year-old is having a stunning breakthrough season, and he will head to the US Open as one of the favourites to win a maiden major.

Before heading to America, he is playing Hamburg this week and he can climb to number four in the world rankings if he wins it. He, though, says that is not on his mind right now – because he has another goal in mind.

“It would be a good goal, but at the moment I’m not thinking about the ranking, but about reaching the ATP Finals in Turin at the end of the season.

“For me the ranking, at the moment, is not the most important thing, even if I struggle. Keep winning games and tournaments – that’s what will lead me to keep climbing.”

Carlos Alcaraz has certainly had a meteoric rise this season, spearheaded by his two Masters titles in Miami and Madrid.

He had been tipped to rise to the top for some time, but he admits the speed of his rise this season has taken him by surprise.

“The truth is that a little bit yes [it has been a surprise]. I have had amazing results this year, I didn’t expect to evolve that fast, but I work for it.

“As I always say, hard work pays off, even if in my case it was all a bit quick and surprising.”

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Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.