Andy Murray loses to Stan Wawrinka in first round of French Open | UK News

Andy Murray has expressed pride in his accomplishments at the French Open – despite an early-round setback in what may be his final singles outing at Roland Garros. The ex-world number one, 37, bid farewell to the audience as he exited Court Philippe Chatrier after a 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 loss to fellow veteran Stan Wawrinka.
The two longtime rivals met at the net for a handshake, a hug, and an extended conversation.”It was emotional, indeed. We’re nearing the end,” stated Wawrinka. “We have a tremendous amount of respect for one another,” added the 39-year-old Swiss athlete.

Stan Wawrinka (L) had an extended conversation with Murray at the net. Pic: Reuters

Stan Wawrinka celebrating his first-round victory against Andy Murray. Pic: Reuters

Pic: Reuters

Murray‘s last three encounters on the Paris clay have concluded in downfall to Wawrinka. In 2017, they engaged in a marathon semi-final, which Murray lost in five grueling sets. In 2020, the Scot endured a straight-set defeat – akin to the encounter on Sunday night.
Murray, who underwent hip replacement surgery a few years back, tore ankle ligaments at the Miami Open in March and has only recently returned to competition. “My body isn’t what it used to be a decade ago. I’m fully cognizant of that,” he mentioned.
“Physically, tennis isn’t straightforward for me nowadays.” He had his serve broken in the initial game – and once again early in the second and third sets, while failing to capitalize on his own break opportunities. “Obviously disappointed,” he conveyed. “He offered me very few opportunities.”
The holder of three Grand Slam titles and a finalist at the French Open in 2016, Murray departed the court to loud, appreciable applause – with Wawrinka joining in.

Andy Murray lost in the first round of the French Open. Pic: Reuters

This will likely be the concluding French Open for Andy Murray. Pic: Reuters

‘Fond memories’ He insisted on being proud of his achievements in Paris – even if they pale when compared to what his adversaries and legends Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have accomplished. “I performed really well here over the years,” Murray stated. “I suppose the problem for me is that when you compare it to what Rafa or Novak did in the same timeframe, it obviously seems tiny in comparison.” However, he continued, “most players would eagerly accept the results I’ve had here.” I played a final, reached four semi-finals, and made the quarter-finals a couple of times as well. I lost in the semis to Novak in five, Stan in five, and twice to Rafa. Clearly, no disgrace in that.

Murray beat Wawrinka in the 2016 semi-final. Pic. Reuters

More jubilant times: Murray triumphed in his 2016 semi-final in Paris. Pic. Reuters

“In a different era, perhaps the outcomes might have been somewhat different. But I take pride in the results I’ve had here. I have fond memories.” He further added: “It was an excellent run over the years.” Murray still has the men’s doubles to contest, alongside Dan Evans.
The Scot has not disclosed his retirement plans but has mentioned he does not anticipate playing much beyond this summer. He will next focus on the grass-court season. He is registered to compete in Surbiton next week.

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