‘I Don’t Like Being Called Carlos’ – Carlos Alcaraz Has a Bizarre Request Related to His Name

Published 05/04/2022, 1:13 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 03: Carlos Alcaraz of Spain celebrates after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during his Men’s Singles third round match on Day Five at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 03, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Carlos Alcaraz has been in top form this year. The Spanish tennis sensation has stunned one and all with his audacious displays on the tennis court. Earlier this year, he won his maiden ATP 500 title at the Rio Open, defeating Diego Schwartzman in the summit clash. Further, he won the biggest title of his career in Miami. The 18-year-old defeated Casper Ruud in the finals of the Miami Open in straight sets to notch his biggest career victory. He followed it up by winning the Barcelona Open title in his native country.

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Alcaraz is currently playing at the Madrid Open. He has reached the third round of the tournament with a dominating victory over Nikoloz Basilashvili. Recently, he made some interesting revelations about his name.

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Carlos Alcaraz feels his first name sounds too serious

During the post-match interview after his second-round victory, the Spaniard opened up on why he doesn’t like being called by his first name. Further, he said, “I don’t like being called Carlos. I like Carlitos or Charlie. Honestly, Carlos seems very serious to me and it seems that I have done something wrong.” (Translated using Google Translate)

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Alcaraz looked in top form as he brushed aside the challenge of Nikoloz Basilashvili in the second round. However, it was Basilashvili who started the match brightly, breaking Alcaraz’s serve in the fourth game of the opening set. Further, the Spaniard came back strongly and won the next five games to take the first set 6-3.

Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Carlos Alcaraz of Spain celebrates after recording match point against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in a third round match on day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

On the contrary, the second set was a keenly fought affair. Like in the first set, Basilashvili took the lead initially, breaking Alcaraz’s serve in the very first game. Subsequently, the two players exchanged breaks of serves in the fourth and the fifth game of the second set. At 5-4, Basilashvili failed to serve out the set and lost the next three games to exit the tournament.

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In the third round, Alcaraz will face the winner of the match between Cameron Norrie and John Isner. Can Alcaraz continue his amazing form this season and win the Madrid Open title? Let us know your views in the comments below.

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Vatsal Shah

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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.

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