The sports court that the City Council and FC Cartagena are finishing the refurbishment of in Los Urrutias will be named after the Murcian tennis player Carlos Alcaraz, who has been linked since childhood to this town on the shores of the Mar Menor, where he has spent his summers since his early childhood.
This was announced on Monday 11 July by the mayoress, Noelia Arroyo, who has supported this initiative, which comes from the AAVV of Los Urrutias, and which has been supported by the Neighbourhood Council of El Algar, to recognise the emotional link of Alcaraz with this riverside town and this sports court, where he played as a child with his friends.
“Carlos Alcaraz is the ambassador of the Costa Cálida, and with him we associate our destination with values such as sport, effort, humility and leadership. By naming this sports track after him, we want him to be our ambassador who welcomes people to Los Urrutias, where he has spent his summers since he was a child. Few people could welcome him better”, said Arroyo, who emphasised that “it would be an honour for Carlos Alcaraz to be linked to Los Urrutias, Cartagena and the Mar Menor by means of a sports facility”.
Alcaraz, born in the Murcian hamlet of El Palmar, has been spending his summer holidays in Los Urrutias since he was a child at the home of his paternal grandparents, whose house is very close to the sports centre. Even now, and whenever his sporting calendar allows, he still visits Los Urrutias. This Sunday, without going any further, he spent the day at his grandparents’ house, while he continues to prepare for his upcoming international commitments.
The local residents, from whom the proposal originates, consider that it would be an honour that the new indoor football and tennis court, which is located within the Sports Centre of Los Urrutias, bears the name of Carlos Alcaraz, and they hope that he will soon be able to visit the town to receive this distinction.