Carlos Alcaraz, a young Spanish tennis player, emerged victorious in the Wimbledon men's singles final, defeating Serbian tennis legend Novak Djokovic. The 20-year-old Alcaraz secured a five-set victory over the 36-year-old Djokovic. The final match's scoreline was 1-6, 7-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4. This win marks Alcaraz's second Grand Slam title, having previously won the U.S. Open last year, and his first Wimbledon title.
Djokovic, a dominant force in tennis, was aiming to secure his 24th Grand Slam title and fifth consecutive Wimbledon win. However, Alcaraz's impressive performance thwarted his bid for further glory. Despite his young age, Alcaraz is not the youngest person to win Wimbledon. Boris Becker, a German tennis star, achieved this feat at the age of 17 in 1985. The record for the youngest Wimbledon winner belongs to Martina Hingis, a Swiss tennis player, who claimed the title at the age of 16 years and three months in 1997.
Djokovic, one of the highest-earning tennis stars, reportedly made $27.1 million from August 2021 to August 2022. This sum includes $7.1 million in on-court earnings and $20 million from sponsorships and other off-court deals. Forbes estimated that Djokovic ranked fifth among the world's highest-paid tennis players during this period, behind Roger Federer, Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams, and Rafael Nadal. Some of Djokovic's sponsors include Lacoste, Hublot, and Asics.
It is worth noting that Djokovic has been involved in several controversies in recent times. He sparked controversy by publicly announcing that he was not vaccinated against the coronavirus, leading to his deportation from Australia ahead of the Australian Open last year due to the country's strict vaccine requirements for foreign travelers. He also skipped the U.S. Open due to the United States' vaccine rules. During this period, Djokovic advocated for tournaments to change their requirements but stated that he was willing to forego potential future wins as "the price I'm willing to pay," according to a BBC interview.
In addition to these developments, Djokovic has gained attention for his use of a "nanotechnology" patch called TaoPatch, which he claims enhances his performance. However, experts have disputed the effectiveness of this technology, calling it "pseudoscience." Despite the controversies surrounding Djokovic, his achievements in the tennis world remain remarkable.