Andy Murray smashed his racket twice on the court docket simply moments after crashing out of the Paris Masters following his defeat to Alex de Minaur on Monday. The British tennis star struggled to include his frustration after a slim defeat by the hands of the Australian and took his rage out on his tools, incomes the previous world No 1 boos from the gang in France.
However earlier than they may shake arms on the web, Murray was incandescent and unleashed two strikes to the bottom, destroying his racket body within the course of.
Regardless of his anger solely seconds earlier than, he shook the hand of his opponent on the web, who later celebrated with an emphatic roar to the gang.
The mangled stays of the racket spoke volumes of simply how a lot Murray wished to finish his 100 per cent dropping file in opposition to De Minaur and progress to the following spherical. His final defeat in opposition to the world No 13 got here in September, with De Minaur once more prevailing with a three-set victory on the China Open.
It means Murray has solely gained two out of his final seven matches, with the present world No 40 set for a disappointing finish to 2023 after combating his approach again into the highest 50.
As for De Minaur, he turns into the primary participant to beat Murray in all of his six matches in opposition to him – a feat none of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal managed of their careers.
Murray will now ponder his subsequent match because the Scot might play on the Moselle Open in Metz or journey to Bulgaria to participate within the Sofia Open.
He’ll then be again in motion for his nation as Nice Britain navigate their Davis Cup quarter-final in opposition to Serbia on November 23 in Malaga.