Alcaraz Garfia Holds Off Sinner In Villena To Seal First ATP Challenger Match Win

Carlos Alcaraz Garfia (photo: JC Equelite)

VILLENA, April 2, 2019

Carlos Alcaraz Garfia has become the first player born in 2003 to win a match on the ATP Challenger Tour. The 15-year-old Spaniard fought past fellow teenager Jannik Sinner of Italy 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 on Tuesday afternoon to reach the second round of the €46,600 Ferrero Challenger Open in Villena.

Alcaraz Garfia broke Sinner’s serve seven times to seal victory in one hour and 50 minutes. His win came only one day after clinching the singles trophy at the Junior’s G1 tournament held at the JC Ferrero Equelite Sport Academy last week.

Alcaraz Garfia entered the ATP Challenger 80 clay-court event with a wild card and is coached by former World No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero. The Murcia native will next take on No. 8 seed Lukas Rosol from the Czech Republic.

Sinner’s 16 match unbeaten run, which includes two titles wins at the ATP Challenger in Bergamo and the ITF World Tennis Tour M25 event in Trento, has come to an end. The 17-year-old from South Tyrol will next play on home soil at the ATP Challenger in Barletta.