NEW YORK — After more than 20 hours on the court, including three five-set matches (two of those ending well after two in the morning), it would be easy to understand if the eyes of 19-year-old phenom Carlos Alcaraz were a little red. On Sunday night, Alcaraz’s eyes were soon to be red once again, but because of the tears of joy he poured out onto his towel in his chair, the realizations of his childhood dreams coming true under the bright lights of tennis’ biggest stage.
Alcaraz painted the town red throughout the fortnight in Flushing Meadows, and the expectations many have had of him to be a future Grand Slam champion were officially met on Sunday, as the third-seeded Spaniard defeated Norway’s Casper Ruud 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (1), 6-3, to win his first Grand Slam championship. In doing so, Alcaraz becomes the new world No. 1 when the ATP rankings come out on Monday, becoming the first teenager to ever sit atop the rankings.
*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from Sunday’s championship match, with all photos taken by contributing photographer Margot Jordan. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures. There are currently nine pictures in total.