World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz has taken the tennis world by storm. The reigning US Open champion, who is attempting to win his first French Open title in Paris, actually has French family roots.
MyHeritage.com has traced and can confirm that Carlos Alcaraz’s maternal grandmother’s line goes back to his 3rd great-grandparents, Jean-Nicolas Egler and Marie Eugénie Jeannenot, who married in 1858 in Baume-les-Dames, in Doubs, in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region in Eastern France. Marie Eugenie was born in the same area, in Besancon, in 1840 while Jean Nicolas was born in Gondrexange, in Moselle in 1835.
Jean-Nicolas Egler was a railway labourer, and his parents were weavers. After France lost the war against Prussia, people born in the territories annexed by the German Empire had the option of choosing to retain French nationality. In August 1872, Jean-Nicolas Egler chose to keep his French citizenship, while he was already living in Malaga, Andalusia, Spain. His son, Carlos Egler Yeanot (Yeanot a Hispanization of his mother’s French family names, Jeannenot), who lived and died in Sevilla, Andalusia, Spain, was Carlos Alcaraz’s great-great-grandfather.
With his French roots in tact, Alcaraz continues to be a fan-favourite not only in Paris, but around the world as well.