Spanish tennis player Carlos Alcaraz played his first match of the season on grass this Thursday with a defeat (6-4, 6-2) against the American Frances Tiafoe, at the Hurlingham exhibition.

Alcaraz began his preparation more seriously for the Wimbledon tournament, which begins next week. The Murcian had not competed since last month at Roland Garros and the start on grass at the exhibition in London still taught him a lack of rhythm.

Tiafoe was better than the young Spaniard, more forceful and energetic in his movements, scoring the game in just over an hour. All in all, Alcaraz had good starting options to break his rival, but he wasted four break balls.

The American did take advantage of his option in the seventh game and remained confident after the Spaniard recovered the ‘break’. After 6-4, Alcaraz lost his serve in the first game of the second set and was not able to fight for the initiative.

The one from El Palmar once again aspires to everything at Wimbledon, the third ‘great’ of the season, with a 32-4 this season and four titles won, after falling in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros against the German Alexander Zverev.