Carlos Alcaraz Looks to Join Elite Grand Slam Club at French Open

At just 19 years old, Carlos Alcaraz is striving to become the eighth teenager to win the men’s singles title at a Grand Slam at the French Open held in Roland Garros on Sunday.

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Here’s a look at the seven men who won majors as their teens:

Bjorn Borg

In 1974, Swedish reluctant star Borg won his first of six French championships, having just passed his eighteenth birthday when he defeated Manuel Orantes 2-6, 6-7, 6-0, 6-1, 6-1. Borg would win 11 majors, including five in a row at Wimbledon from 1976-1980 before retiring – for the first time – at 26. Borg was the first male tennis player to earn $1 million in a single season in 1979. “It’s tough when You are No. 1. You don’t have any private life, and you can’t even walk anywhere.” Borg said when he quit.

Mats Waylander

At 17, Wellander defeated Sweden’s Guillermo Villas 1-6, 7-6, 6-0, 6-4 in a four hour 42 minute marathon in the 1982 French Open final despite being unranked. Wellander was widely praised for his sportsmanship in defeating Jose Luis Clerc in the semi-finals when he demanded a match point return after calling for a forehand from his longtime opponent. Wellander eventually became the world number one, ending his career with seven Grand Slam titles.

Boris Becker

Becker rose to prominence with his first Wimbledon win in 1985 at the age of 17. . The German served, shot and dived left and right, enchanting the central court crowd. Baker would have won six majors but fell from his slate last month when he was imprisoned in the UK after his bankruptcy trial.

Stefan Edberg

Sweden’s Edberg was 19 when he won his first ever slam title at the Australian Open in 1985, defeating Wellander 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 after beating Evan Lendl in the marathon semi-finals 6-7, 7 -5, 6. 1, 4-6, 9-7. The batting and elegant ball player won the Australian Open for the second time in 1987, and also won four more titles at Wimbledon in 1988 and 1990 and at the US Open in 1991 and 1992.

Michael Chang

Zhang became the youngest player in history to win a Grand Slam when he won the French Open in 1989 at the age of 17 years and three months. He defeated Zhang Edberg 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 after also knocking out world number one Lendl in a match of 16 and 37 minutes in the Round of 16 where he was convulsing and forced to. Serves the armpit. He was the first American champion in Paris since Tony Trabert in 1955. Chang was also the runner-up in the 1996 Australian and US Opens.

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Just a month after his 19th birthday, the Pistol Pete won the first of his 14 titles at the 1990 US Open, defeating fellow American Andre Agassi 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 in the New York Final after defeating fellow American Andre Agassi 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 in the New York Final. Lindell. and John McEnroe in the previous two rounds. Sampras finished his career with 64 titles, with a slate of seven titles at Wimbledon, two at the Australian Open, and five at the US Open. His last major was in New York in 2002, and the curtain came down with another victory over Agassi.

Rafael Nadal

At the age of 19, Nadal defeated Mariano Puerta in the 2005 French Open final, 6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 7-5. This was his first major title and the first of a record 13 victories at Roland Garros. The Spaniard, who now has 21 majors, won his Paris debut, the first man to do so since Wellander in 1982. He was also the youngest champion since Chang in 1989. Interestingly, 2005 also saw his French debut. The open for Novak Djokovic who reached the second round where he retired to Guillermo Coria. Nadal was the last teenage man to win a slam tournament – a feat that eluded his great rivals Djokovic and Federer.

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