Andy Murray fury after devastating loss revealed
- Mike Johnshon
- 07 Nov, 2023
Tennis presenter Alize Lim has disclosed that Andy Murray, left devastated by his loss to Alex De Minaur at the Paris Masters, vented his frustration by breaking his rackets in the parking lot.
Lim, a former world No 135 in tennis, mentioned that witnessing Murray's disappointment deeply affected her and it deeply touched her heart. She believes that Murray's evident anger showcased his strong motivation and how significant the sport is to him.
In a grueling three-hour opening round at the Paris Masters last week, world No 12 De Minaur narrowly defeated Murray 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-5, even after the Brit had a 5-2, double break lead in the final set.
Initially, the three-time Major champion appeared to be on the path to a significant victory, but he faltered in serving out the match twice and let slip a match point, ultimately losing five consecutive games.
Murray, ranked 42nd in the world, has faced six defeats against the 24-year-old Australian, who has proven to be a challenging opponent, particularly after securing four victories against Murray in 2023.
Expressing his frustration, Murray smashed his racket on the court after the defeat. He later expressed to reporters that "the last five, six months haven't been that enjoyable."
In her capacity as a presenter for Eurosport at the Paris Masters, Lim shared a somber incident from the aftermath of Murray's loss, drawing parallels to her own experiences during her tennis career.
“There is an image that struck me a little and chilled me – it was Andy Murray who broke his racket after the match point against Alex De Minaur, and I was in the mixed zone, ready to do the interview of the winner at that moment, and I saw him pass and there, truly, his disappointment pierced my heart,” said the Frenchwoman.
“I heard him break his rackets, behind, in the parking lot. And it really showed his motivation and how important it is to him. It also brought back some very bad memories for me too.”
Lim, aged 33, has clinched three titles in ITF competitions and participated in the main draw of the French Open four times. Her sole match since 2020 was in an ITF event held in France in April 2022.
The ex-world No 1 Murray has experienced a disappointing close to the season, losing five out of his last six matches after an initially promising start.
Although Murray has been selected for Leon Smith’s Great Britain squad in the Davis Cup Finals knockout stage later this month, he mentioned, following his exit from the Paris tournament, that he has yet to make a final decision regarding his participation.
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