Carlos Alcaraz is now part of a select club of athletes after becoming the youngest tennis player to win the Miami Open and the third youngest to lift a trophy Masters 1000joining athletes who, before their two decades of life, have managed to be promises of world sport.
On the list are unforgettable athletes such as the American figure skater Tara Lipinsky, At 15, he won the gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Nagano 1998or the Japanese swimmer Kusuo Kitamura who, at just 14 years old, also won the gold medal in LA 1932.
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Back to white sports, the North American michael chang and German Boris Becker they are the youngest tennis players to win Roland Garros and Wimbledon, respectively. Both did it at 17, while American Pete Sampras won at 19 the U.S. Open and Swedish Mats Wilander at the same age, he took the australian open.
Speaking of football, it’s impossible not to talk about Pelé and the time when he was world champion at 17, when he won the Sweden World Cup 1958. More recently there is the contemporary gem, Kylian Mbappé, who lifted the 2018 World Cup in Russia at 19. Another stat that unites these two forwards is that they are the youngest to score in a final of this tournament.
To complete women’s sport, the Swiss legend, Martina Hingis; who managed to win five Grand Slam tournaments before the age of 20, including one australian open and Wimbledon At only 16 years old, they were accompanied at that time by the head of the WTA rankings, thus becoming world number one.
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Not to mention the North American diver Marjorie Gestring who, at the Berlin Olympics in 1936, won the gold medal in the springboard when she was only 13 years and 267 days old. Two months apart, he is even younger than the gold won by Japanese skater Momiji Nishiya at Tokyo 2020.
YOUNGEST MASTERS 1000 CHAMPIONS
1. Michael Chang USA 18 years, 157 days Toronto 1990
2. Rafael Nadal Spain 18 years, 318 days Monte Carlo 2005
3. Carlos Alcaraz Spain 18 years, 333 days Miami 2022
THE YOUNGEST GRAND SLAM CHAMPIONS:
1. Martina Hingis Switzerland 16 years, 117 days Australian Open 1997
2. Monica Seles EU 16 years, 189 days Roland Garros 1990
3. Tracy Austin EU 16, 270 days US Open 1979
GIRL OF 10
Quan Hongchan, who at 14 was the youngest athlete in the Chinese delegation to Tokyo 2020, won gold with two perfect executions, becoming the second youngest female diver from her country to win a gold medal, behind Fu Mingxia, who at Barcelona 1992, was 13