Andy Murray made an immediate exit upon his 2021 ATP-level debut, with the Scot slammed by Egor Gerasimov 7-6 (8), 6-1 on Tuesday in Montpellier.
The three-time Grand Slam champion who missed the Australian Open after testing positive for COVID-19 just before his intended flight has had to make do with training in Britain and a final this month at a Challenger in northern Italy.
No. 121 wildcard Murray last won at the Tour level in the US Open first round before losing his next three.
The three-time Grand Slam winner now heads for the Dutch port city of Rotterdam to join an all-star field headed by Rafael Nadal and Australian Open finalist Daniil Medvedev.
Victory took one and three-quarter hours for the Belarus winner.
“I just tried to be focussed on the match and not think about mistakes,” Gerasimov said, “I just wanted to try my best today because I was playing with a great champion. It was a big experience and I’m happy.”
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