Among the surprises of this intense season it is impossible not to consider Carlos Alcaraz’s success. The young Spanish talent showed all his talent and won his first tournament in Umag by clearly beating Richard Gasquet in the final.
The victory of the Croatian event allowed Alcaraz to conquer the top 50 (today he is number 35 in the ATP ranking, ed.) And to participate without going through the qualifications to the most important tournaments of the ATP Tour.
The highest achievement for Juan Carlos Ferrero's pupil came at the US Open, when he pushed himself to the quarter-finals by eliminating Cameron Norrie and Stefanos Tsitsipas with two fantastic performances. Alcaraz will be the star of the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan and has been included in Group A alongside Brandon Nakashima, Juan Manuel Cerundolo and Holger Rune.
Group B will be formed by Sebastian Korda, Lorenzo Musetti, Sebastian Baez and Hugo Gaston. Ferrero told the ATP official website: "Carlos is working very hard. At first he only played once a day, then we decided to step up the work.
He accepts everything I tell him, and this is really good for me." Alcaraz, for his part, explained: "He trains me very intensely. I have to train every day 100% with him. He taught me the right way to train wel. Mindset makes a difference in these challenges.
When you face a top ten, you understand that they play every point with the same intensity. I am ready to belong to this category of players. I want to achieve good results in the ATP Tour and Grand Slam tournaments. My biggest goals? I would like to win a Grand Slam and become number one in the world."
The 10-highest paid athletes of all time
According to a recent study released by Sportico, here the 10-highest paid athletes of all time. The leader of this special list is the fortmer American basketball star Michael Jordan at the top followed by Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer.
Fifth Cristiano Ronaldo; ahead of the Swiss Maestro Roger Federer also LeBron James, Lionel Messi and Michael Shumacher. By narrowing the court to the world of tennis, Roger is definitely the first. Although he does not have a higher cash prize than Novak Djokovic (example) when it comes to official tournaments, the Swiss has outdone all rivals.
Rafael Nadal is around the 25th position in the ranking, while Serena Williams is the highest paid female athlete with 480 million (40th overall). Federer manages to be ahead of stars such as David Beckham, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, Mike Tyson, Kevin Durant and Lewis Hamilton, just to name a few.
Michael Jordan played for three years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he led the team to victory in the NCAA National Championship in 1982. He was then chosen third in the 1984 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls and quickly became one of the stars of the league, helping to spread the NBA worldwide in the 1980s and 1990s.
In 1991 he won his first NBA title with the Bulls, then repeated with two more successes in 1992 and 1993, winning a three-peat, after which he retired to pursue a career in baseball. He returned to the Bulls in 1995 and led them to another three-peat victory (1996, 1997 and 1998).
He retired a second time in 1999, then returned as a member of the Washington Wizards from 2001 to 2003, and then retired for good. Individual honors include six Finals MVPs, ten Top Scorer titles (both records), five Regular Season MVPs, ten All-NBA First Team and nine All-Defensive First Team selections, fourteen NBA appearances All-Star Game, three All-Star Game MVPs and an NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.
He holds NBA records for the highest point average in regular season history (30.12 points per game) and in playoff history (33.45 points per game). He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame twice: in 2009 for his individual career and in 2010 as a member of the Dream Team.
He became a member of the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2015. On November 22, 2016, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States, by US President Barack Obama.