Carlos Alcaraz speaks with CNN after US Open win to end Argentina’s 12-year drought in the tournament.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Carlos Alcaraz won the $2.6 million first prize in the U.S. Open on Sunday, his second straight major title, and his 12th major title overall. The 23-year-old Argentine, who is tied with Jack Nicklaus for the oldest winner of a major, won the men’s major for the first time at the U.S. Open.
Alcaraz, who is ranked 569th in the world, won the men’s event by defeating defending champion Jason Day, a former number one seed, in a final-round match played on a fast, flowing New York court.
It was the second career major title for Day, the first being the men’s U.S. Open last year. Alcaraz, who plays in the world on a professional tour, was 14-0 on the tour and had his best overall season in 2011, winning 18 events and earning $1.4 million.
However, he hasn’t won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open at Olympic Stadium in New York.
Alcaraz said winning the U.S. Open title “was one of my greatest accomplishments,” adding, “It was always a dream of mine to win a major and I am so excited I accomplished it.”
Day said, “This is where I think I earned my status back, I guess. The guy that really broke the record was (Philip) 5-Iron, and that’s where I thought I should win the U.S. Open. Then I won a couple of other majors after, but I felt I should win it again. So that’s how I feel about this.”
But he did not say it would have been a happy ending if he had won, and he had to laugh when asked if he was bitter because he could not win another slam in his career.
“No,” he said. “It was hard to compete, I have to say. It was like having a big block in my forehead and I had to think a little bit. You know what’s funny? That’s how it goes in your career. You try to win as many tournaments as you can and