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At Just 20, Carlos Alcaraz Sets Ambitious Future Goals as He Looks to Walk Into Idol Rafael Nadal’s Footsteps With His Dream ‘Base’

Published 09/30/2023, 2:14 PM EDT

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In the world of tennis, where players leave a lasting impact, there’s a new star on the rise: Carlos Alcaraz. He’s only 20 years old but has already made a name for himself by not just competing but winning Grand Slams and climbing the rankings. He has it all, 2 Grand Slams and the accolade of being the youngest world no. 1. Yet, he has bigger dreams than just winning matches and trophies.

Now that Alcaraz has established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the tennis world, he is all set to start a new venture, following in the footsteps of his tennis idol, Rafael Nadal.

Carlos Alcaraz all set to go from a tennis prodigy to a tennis visionary

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At just 20 years old, Carlos Alcaraz has already made a big impact in tennis. He has won Wimbledon and the US Open and even reached the top of the ATP rankings. It is an understatement to say that Alcaraz is poised to be the leader of the ATP tour in the coming year, much like the Big Three of tennis.

Although Carlos Alcaraz is mainly focused on becoming a tennis superstar, he also has a big plan for the future. His father, Carlos Alcaraz González, deeply connected to the tennis world as the vice president of the Real Sociedad Club de Campo de Murcia, is taking the lead on a long-term project.

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The plan is to establish a well-respected tennis academy that proudly holds that Alcaraz name up, envisioning it as a hub where tennis talent from the local, national, and global levels can thrive. The preliminary location of the academy is set to be Murcia, Carlos Alcaraz’s hometown, as reported by a local Spanish media outlet.

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This idea of starting a tennis academy is right along the same lines as his hero, Rafael Nadal, who also started the prestigious Rafael Nadal Academy back in 2016.

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Drawing inspiration from a tennis legend

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The idea of creating this tennis academy takes inspiration from Carlos Alcaraz’s hero, Rafael Nadal. Nadal set up the Rafael Nadal Academy, which started with a tennis school in India back in 2010 and later expanded to include a remarkable academy in Manacor, Spain.

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The Rafa Nadal Academy has many top-notch facilities like tennis and padel courts, squash courts, a soccer field, and even a school. It’s not just a place for elite tennis training; it’s also a spot where they help young talents grow.

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While Carlos Alcaraz’s plans are in the early stages, it’s clear that he wants to follow in Nadal’s footsteps in building a tennis legacy. He envisions a place where young tennis talents can thrive and chase their dreams, much like he did.

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Ansh Tandon

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Ansh Tandon is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports. Ansh received his undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and has been working in content creation for 2+ years. Before Ansh stepped into sports journalism, he was a professional tennis player, honing his skills in national level tournaments for the past 12 years as an active AITA athlete.
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Bhavani Singh