ATP under-25 No. 1: Carlos Alcaraz
I am not a complete idiot. Carlos Alcaraz isn’t just number one on this list, he is currently the top-ranked player on the ATP tour and will be the top seed at Wimbledon. He has won only one major so far, last year’s US Open. but the guy is only 20 years old. He plays, however, like someone who has been on the professional circuit for the last decade. Nothing seems to faze him and he plays with such unbridled joy that it is impossible not to like him.
He has won 10 titles over the last two years and we are only halfway done with 2023. After winning the Cinch Championships on Sunday, Alcaraz has now won a title on every surface. Between September 2022 and January 2023, he was ranked number 1 – the youngest player ever to earn the ranking – and he just regained that ranking. If he wins Wimbledon, there is likely no disrupting a potentially decade-long run of being atop the ATP rankings.
On the clay of the 2022 Madrid Open (which Alcaraz won, of course), he defeated Rafael Nadal one day and then the next day defeated Novak Djokovic. Alcaraz has a ridiculous career record of 125-35 and is 35-4 in 2023. He is 29-8 at Grand Slam events.
While Alcaraz had never won a tournament on grass before, he just did at the Queen’s Club. He isn’t just a threat to win every tournament he enters, he should favored to win every one. And when he loses, it isn’t because he beats himself, it is simply because a minor miracle has happened for his opponent. Carlos Alcaraz isn’t just the best player under 25 years old on the ATP tour, he is very likely the best player of any age.