‘More grand slams’: Carlos Alcaraz already has sights set on 2023 glory after US Open triumph
Carlos Alcaraz is a year older than any man who’s won a Major since John McEnroe in 1985, but can the 35-year-old Spaniard have a 2023 World Cup Final with the US?
If Alcaraz was having fun while he was down in the dumps, the Spaniard sure didn’t want to be when he won the Olympic gold medal on the US Open final Sunday night.
In an age when the most dominant of the big-stage personalities are already at the peak of their powers, Alcaraz knew he was on the cusp of something more significant.
Here are five things you may not know about one of golf’s most popular and charismatic personalities.
1. He is obsessed with a pair of Nike shoes that he’s since lost: “I miss the Nike golf shoe. I have to go to the shoe store and they don’t even have them,” said Alcaraz. “So when I get on the plane I always have to put them on. They are always in the luggage. In 2010 I have to buy two pairs of golf shoes. I have to sell them because I don’t like them anymore. But the most important thing in my life right now is to win.”
2. He is a diehard Red Sox fan: As a child he took his family to Fenway Park nearly every Thanksgiving and, while he and his family would often miss the Red Sox’ post-game ceremony, he was always in the stands watching his hometown team play.
Alcaraz grew up watching the Red Sox and other major-league teams from afar, which, coupled with a lifelong passion for baseball, has had the 35-year-old Spaniard always on the lookout for a World Series victory.
“I just go with the Red Sox,” he said. “I love being a Red Sox fan and I am going to win the