Andy Murray was kicking himself after blowing seven match points chances in a first-round loss to a lucky loser at the Paris Bercy Masters.
The Scottish wild card was unable to get the job done against German Dominik Koepfer, who came on as a late replacement for Murray’s original injured opponent only hours before the match.
But the substitution did not help the treble Grand Slam winner, who threw away his multiple winning chances.
“Obviously, I’m very disappointed – it’s stinging,” Murray said, “This is certainly one of the (worst) defeats of my career. It’s the first round of a tournament and I certainly didn’t deserve to win this match.”
Despite the brutal outcome, Murray for now plans to go ahead with his entry in next week’s last event of the season in Stockholm, part of a post-COVID calendar shakeup which is normally played in October.
He then has his eye set on a possible invitation to the December Abu Dhabi exhibition.
“There is also a match (Battle of the Brits) in Scotland, so I will definitely play some good matches there.
“But I don’t know if I will go 100 per cent to Abu Dhabi or not. But I will definitely go abroad to train outside in the sun. I’ve played a lot of tennis recently… so maybe the first few weeks it would be good to come home, to rest both body and mind.”