John McEnroe blasted over 'appalling' US Open final drama

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Tennis great John McEnroe (pictured middle) poses with US Open final contestants Carlos Alcaraz (pictured left) and Casper Ruud (pictured right).
Tennis fans were critical of John McEnroe (pictured middle) after his commentary in the US Open final between Carlos Alcaraz (pictured left) and Casper Ruud (pictured right). (Getty Images)

Tennis great John McEnroe has been panned by fans after he was accused of showing biased commentary in favour of Carlos Alcaraz during the Spaniard's victory over Casper Ruud in the US Open final.

Alcaraz created history after becoming the youngest player since Rafa Nadal to win a grand slam after defeating Ruud 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 in the final.

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The 19-year-old Spaniard also became the youngest ever player to reach the World No.1 ranking with the victory.

While there was plenty of hype surrounding the US Open final, with a new winner guaranteed, some fans felt let down with the commentary.

Tennis viewers took to social media to call out McEnroe and accused him of showing too much favouritism towards the 19-year-old phenom.

Some said it was unfair to Ruud, after the Norwegian had reached his second grand slam final of 2022, and that he needed to be shown more respect.

Despite Alcaraz receiving plenty of support from the crowd, many viewers accused McEnroe of giving the Spaniard too much attention during the final.

McEnroe was on hand to present both Ruud and Alcaraz the trophies during the post-match ceremony.

Despite the disappointment from some viewers, the match was played in brilliant spirits with both men sharing a smile on numerous occasions throughout the four-set battle.

Trailing 4-3, Ruud told the chair umpire that a ball hit by Alcaraz on the opening point of the eighth game had bounced twice on his side of the court before he hit it.

Alcaraz motioned to chair umpire Nico Helwerth for an explanation, with the Spaniard looking confused about what had just transpired.

Ruud then approached the chair and confirmed that the ball bounced twice, prompting a loud cheer from the crowd inside Arthur Ashe stadium.

Alcaraz also gave his opponent a thumbs-up and clapped his hand onto his racket to join the crowd in applause.

Carlos Alcaraz's classy act after US Open win

More than an hour after winning his match, Alcaraz was spotted sticking around on Arthur Ashe Stadium and signing autographs more than an hour after the trophy ceremony at the US Open final.

The young Spaniard finished his trophy presentation, before he greeted fans that had waited around in the stadium.

The 19-year-old showed his appreciation and signed autographs, before heading into his press conference.

Alcaraz was appearing in his eighth major tournament and second at Flushing Meadows, but already has attracted plenty of attention as someone considered the Next Big Thing in men's tennis.

He only briefly showed signs of fatigue from having to get through three consecutive five-setters to reach the title match, something no one had done in New York in 30 years.

Alcaraz dropped the second set and faced a pair of set points while down 6-5 in the third.

But he erased each of those point-from-the-set opportunities for Ruud with soft-hand volleys he repeatedly displayed.

US Open champion Carlos Alcaraz (pictured left) embraces runner-up Casper Ruud (pictured right) during the trophy ceremony.
US Open champion Carlos Alcaraz (pictured left) moved to World No.1, while runner-up Casper Ruud (pictured right) moved up to World No.2 after the final. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

And with help from a series of shanked shots by a tight-looking Ruud in the ensuing tiebreaker, Alcaraz surged to the end of that set.

One break in the fourth was all it took for Alcaraz to seal the victory in the only grand slam final between two players seeking both a first major championship and the top spot in the ATP's computerised rankings, which date to 1973.

Ruud, the 23-year-old from Norway, is now 0-2 in slam finals.

with AAP

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