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Monday, September 12, 2022
Sportsman of the Week Ending 9/11/2022
An amazing Fortnight in Queens ended with an epic semifinals and finals in the United States (Tennis) Open. On the men's side, it was a rare victory outside of the (arguably) best three players ever (at least measured by Grand Slam wins). But this time, it was a Spanish 19-year-old who has taken the tennis tour by storm. And is now World ranked number one. Carlos Alcaraz appears to be all of the next generation tennis player to battle for years, if not decades to come. In Flushing, he finished off seven straight wins with epic battles. The Finals victory over Norwegian Casper Ruud went 4 sets (one set on a tiebreak). The epic Semifinals against upstart home favorite American Frances Tiafoe went a full 5 sets, two by tiebreak (both Alcaraz sets dropped). It was Alcaraz 5th singles tournament win, first Grand Slam, and he's now 51-9 for the year. First of potentially many Longhorndave Sportsman of the Week!