Carlos Alcaraz announces he will commemorate French Open victory with unique tattoo

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Tennis star Carlos Alcaraz defeated Alexander Zverev to continue his Grand Slam success with a triumph at the French Open and plans to get a tattoo of the Eiffel Tower to commemorate his maiden victory at the tournament.

The Spaniard recorded his third Grand Slam tournament win with victory over Alexander Zverev on Sunday at Roland Garros. The 21-year-old came out on top of a rollercoaster match, coming from behind to taste success once again, 6-3 2-6 5-7 6-1 6-2.

Alcaraz's latest achievement sees him become the first male player to win his first three Grand Slams on different surfaces, and the youngest player to capture a Grand Slam title on each surface, beating his hero Rafael Nadal's record. Only seven players have achieved this feat in all.

The tennis superstar has marked each of his major successes so far by getting inked. US Open and Wimbledon wins have seen Alcaraz permanently mark the dates on his arm and right ankle. His win in Paris will see a tattoo of greater significance.

“I have to find the time, but I will do it for sure,” Alcaraz said. “It's going to be on the left ankle. You know, Wimbledon was the right one. Here it's going to be the left one, I think, with the Eiffel Tower and the date of today. It's something that I’m going to do. I don't know if it will be next week or take a month or two months, but I will do it!”

It's a tournament that goes to the core of Alcaraz. Clay courts are readily available in Spain, and the nation has a rich history of providing champions for Roland Garros. While Nadal has dominated much of the last two decades of the tournament, Sergi Bruguera, Carlos Moya, Albert Costa, and Juan Carlos Ferrero have all tasted success since 1993.

It's perhaps little surprise that a photograph of Alcaraz taking in the tournament on a big screen by the Eiffel Tower has circulated. An image of the fresh-faced youngster alongside coach Carlos Santos on Court Philippe Chatrier too hints at the dreams Alcaraz had.

"Winning a Grand Slam is always special, but here in Roland Garros, knowing all the Spanish players who have won here, to put my name on that list is unbelievable," Alcaraz said. "I dreamt of being in this position since I started playing tennis when I was five or six years old."

It was not a simple afternoon for Alcaraz, however, as he navigated his way past Zverev. The contenders shared 97 unforced errors and 15 breaks of serve.

Despite needing medical treatment on his left leg, Alcaraz prevailed after four hours and 19 minutes to diminish the disappointment of losing to Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the tournament 12 months ago. The world No. 3 admitted: “When I finished the third set, I had a lot of doubts, I’m not going to lie. Then in the fifth set, it was time to give everything I had.”