Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, one of the most exciting NextGen players of the tour, has received a wild card for the Rio Open presented by Claro. At 16 years of age, he is the youngest player in the top 500 and he is coached by former World No.1 Juan Carlos Ferrero. The tournament takes place between 15th and the 23rd of February 2020. Dominic Thiem, Matteo Berrettini, Diego Schwartzman and Borna Coric have committed to the event. Alcaraz won his first ATP point at 14-years-old and won a Future title. He beat top 200 players at the Challenger level as well.
“I want to thank IMG and the Rio Open for this incredible opportunity. I am excited to play my first ATP title. Spaniards have a great history in Rio, with titles from Nadal and Ferrer. I hope someday to have my name of the trophy too”, said Alcaraz. IMG decided on the wild card following the tradition of encouraging young players. Alcaraz also joins Brazilian Felipe Meligeni, who won the first wild card with the title at Maria Esther Bueno Cup, the Brazilian NextGen tournament organized by the Rio Open. The complete line-up of the ATP 500 will be revealed in January.
“Last year we brought a NextGen player (Felix Auger-Aliassime) who started his breakthrough at the Rio Open. Alcaraz is very young but he has been surprising everyone with his maturity on the court. It will be a great opportunity to see him in a big arena for the first time”, said Luiz Carvalho, Tournament Director.