Felipe VI receives the three US Open champions at La Zarzuela

Felipe VI receives the three US Open champions at La Zarzuela

King Philip VI received this Wednesday at the Palacio de la Zarzuela the winners of the US Open 2022, the Spanish tennis players Carlos Alcaraz, Martin Landaluce and Martin de la Puente.

The athletes attended the appointment with the king accompanied by their parents and the president of the Spanish Tennis Federation, Miguel Díaz.

Don Felipe greeted the tennis players with a broad smile and after congratulating 19-year-old Alcaraz, he turned to Landaluce and warned the first: “beware of the new generations, they are coming in force”, in reference to the 16-year-old of the junior champion.

After his victory in New York, Alcaraz He is the youngest player to reach world number 1 and thus joins the group of Spaniards who have managed to reach the top of men’s tennis made up of Carlos Moy, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Rafael Nadal.

At 19 years, 4 months and 7 days, the Murcian Alcaraz broke the record of Australian Lleyton Hewitt who had reached the summit with 20 years, 8 months and 23 days in 2001.

Madrid’s Martn Landaluce was proclaimed champion of the junior tournament at the age of 16, a feat only two other Spaniards had achieved: Javier Sánchez-Vicario, in 1986, and Daniel Rincn, in 2021.

The Galician Martn de la Puente, 23 and number 6 in the ITF ranking of wheelchair tennis players, and sports partner of Frenchman Nicols Peifer, has become the first Spanish player to win a Grand Slam in the wheelchair category.

De la Puente and Peifer, with this Grand Slam, add their third victory of the year together in doubles. The other two titles were the British Open and the Open Toyota Isla de R in France.

As the President of the Tennis Federation commented after the victory of the three Spaniards, “the level of Spanish tennis is really incredible at the moment. Year after year we are improving dramatically.”

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