CARLOS ALCARAZ has grown from a skinny kid to a bulging muscle machine – and is still only 19.
Many believe that the Spanish teenager, who celebrated his birthday in May, will find great success in football thanks to his incredible talent at such a young age.
He’s already beaten Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, clinched two Masters 1000 titles this season and equals – or even breaks – longstanding records often set by his idol Nadal.
But alongside his quality racquet in hand, Alcaraz has shown his commitment to the cause with plenty of work in the weight room.
Photos from the ATP Challenger Tour in August 2019 show the scrawny then 16-year-old barely filling in his green match shirt during a tournament in Italy.
And even when “Carlitos” came out of lockdown in 2021, he was still relatively slim.
But in the last year he’s had a simply stunning body transformation that fills his 6ft 1in frame.
Alcaraz and his team, led by coach and former world No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero, recognized the physical weakness and worked hard to improve his strength and conditioning.
He told the ATP: “My team and I know how important it is to be physically strong.
“It was one thing that we knew I had to improve a lot on. It was a big focus during pre-season.
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“I’m very happy. It gives me more confidence. I have more of a chance to keep my level high during a three or four hour game against the best players.
“I enjoy the gym. I focused on every part of the body. I concentrate 100 percent on the work, my biggest focus is on the legs. This is very important.”
Now Alcaraz rivals compatriot Rafa for the biggest biceps in tennis – and the abs he showed off on the cover of the March issue of Men’s Health Spain have also been shredded.
When he rocked a sleeveless t-shirt at the Australian Open in January after the winter break aged 18, there was only one thing for tennis viewers on Twitter.
One said: “Is that a young Nadal? The muscles go in that direction.”
Another wrote: “How big Alcaraz has grown, now look at his height and muscles, he bludgeons the tennis balls.”
And a third user joked: “Some say Carlos Alcaraz’s muscles are so big they have their own muscles…”
The teenager reached the quarterfinals on his US Open debut last year but two consecutive fives saw his body give way and he withdrew against Felix Auger-Aliassime.
To say he came back stronger would be a serious understatement.
The Nike star and Rolex brand ambassador added to his solo ATP 250 and next-gen crown from 2021 by securing the ATP 500 event in Rio in February.
A stunning run then followed in the spring, during which he won the titles in Miami, Barcelona and Madrid to take his record to 5-0 in the finals and place himself in the top ten for the first time of his career.
The Murcia-born youngster had already amassed £4.33million in career prize money before coming to the 2022 French Open as one of the favorites alongside Nadal and Djokovic.
And he will be desperate to make his mark at Wimbledon this summer – and improve on his debut in 2021 in his second-round elimination against Daniil Medvedev as a wildcard.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5437274/carlos-alcaraz-body-transformation-muscle-french-open/ Carlos Alcaraz’s incredible body transformation from skinny kid to muscle machine has made the teenager a French Open favorite