Fresh fade, fresh impetus: Carlos Alcaraz set to start South American Clay Court swing with new look

Carlos Alcaraz makes a comeback at the 2024 Argentina Open and gears up for the South American clay court swing with a fresh new look. The World No. 2 got a haircut while in Murcia, preparing for his journey to South America for the second consecutive year, where he'll participate in two tournaments before the Sunshine Double.

The Spanish sensation faces the challenge of defending his title in Argentina and subsequently the final at the Rio Open. Alcaraz arrives as the overwhelming favourite in South America, as only a few top players opt for clay competitions before the U.S. hard court tournaments in Indian Wells and the Miami Open.

Following his quarterfinal exit at the Australian Open against Alexander Zverev, the two-time Grand Slam champion traveled to his hometown of Murcia for a few weeks to resume training at the Juan Carlos Ferrero Academy. Alcaraz took advantage of the trip for a haircut with his regular barber.

Carlitos shared a photo that his barber posted on Instagram stories, showcasing Alcaraz with a more polished and elegant style for his journey to South America:

Fresh fade, fresh impetus: Carlos Alcaraz set to start South American Clay Court swing with new look

Challenges in South America:

The World No. 2 is the defending champion of the ATP 250 Buenos Aires Open, scheduled to take place between February 12-18. Last year, he clinched the title in only his first tournament of the year after recovering from an injury, defeating British player Cameron Norrie in the final with a score of 6-3, 7-5.

During the week of February 19-25, he will be in Brazil for the ATP 500 Rio Open, where he reached the final in 2023 but fell short against Norrie. Norrie sought revenge and came from a set down to secure a victory with a scoreline of 5-7, 6-4, 7-5.

Both Buenos Aires and Rio will feature the same top 8 seeded players, with Alcaraz (No. 2) and Cam Norrie (No. 20) leading the pack. The next highest-ranked players in the tournament will be the current leaders of South American tennis: Chilean Nicolas Jarry (No. 21) and the Argentine trio of Francisco Cerundolo (No. 22), Tomas Etcheverry (No. 27), and Sebastian Baez (No. 30).

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