World No.1 Carlos Alcaraz divides tennis fans with buff new look in sleeveless outfit as he wins through at the US Open

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World No.1 Carlos Alcaraz divides tennis fans with buff new look in sleeveless outfit as he wins through at the US Open

  • Spanish young gun wore a sleeveless top in US Open first round match
  • Some tennis fans loved the daring look, others tweeted their displeasure
  • Carlos Alcaraz next plays South Africa’s Lloyd Harris for spot in third round

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Spanish sensation Carlos Alcaraz has divided tennis fans online after rocking a daring sleeveless top in his first round match at the US Open.

Alcaraz, 20, strolled into Arthur Ashe Stadium for his night session encounter against Germany’s Dominik Koepfer – and the world number one was impossible to miss.

Looking to defend his title at Flushing Meadows, Alcaraz opted for a flashy shirt as part of his Nike sponsorship.

The on-court fashion statement also drew instant comparisons with Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal.

On Twitter, some tennis supporters panned Alcaraz’s outfit.

Spanish sensation Carlos Alcaraz has divided tennis fans online after rocking a daring sleeveless outfit in his first round match at the US Open (pictured)

Spanish sensation Carlos Alcaraz has divided tennis fans online after rocking a daring sleeveless outfit in his first round match at the US Open (pictured)

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Plenty of tennis supporters felt Alcaraz' on court fashion statement was similar to Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal's fondness for sleeveless tops

Plenty of tennis supporters felt Alcaraz’ on court fashion statement was similar to Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal’s fondness for sleeveless tops 

‘I think it looks too small and the pattern is very ugly,’ one stated, with another fan bluntly saying: ‘The shirt is awful.’

Alcaraz did have some admirers, with one tweeting: ‘Carlos going sleeveless is the best thing happening today’ while another playfully felt the youngster had ‘turned up the heat’ on day two.

The Wimbledon champion cruised into the second round after Koepfer – who was sporting a very colourful shirt himself – retired in the second set after rolling his ankle.

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With a 20,000 strong crowd desperate to see him continue, Koepfer initially played though the pain – until it became too much and he called it quits.

‘It was great to step on court again [Arthur Ashe] after such a great run last year,’ Alcaraz said post match.

Obviously I want to play battles, full matches. This is not the best way to win.

‘But obviously playing a night session, I’m happy to finish early and have some rest.’

The top seed next plays South African journeyman Lloyd Harris for a spot in the third round. 



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