When Andy Murray announced his return to singles competition, every tennis fan was buzzing. The 32-year-old even savoured the moment by filming his walk on to the court as the crowd cheered his name.
However, in spite of the hype surrounding his return, Andy Murray downplayed his performance expectations. Instead, he opted to focus on assessing his game in a competitive singles match.
Disappointingly, Murray lost to Richard Gasquet in straight sets, but the good news was that there were promising signs. The 32-year-old delighted the American crowd by refusing to go down without a fight and doggedly battled on.
However, Gasquet seized control of the proceedings as he kept Murray along the baseline and tested the Briton’s fitness to the max.
The two broke each other before the Frenchman broke once again, dealing a number of drop shots which Murray was unable to recover from.
Here is how Twitter reacted to Murray’s loss.
Pretty encouraging stuff from Andy Murray. Difference from the start of the match to the end was stark.
— Graham Ruthven (@grahamruthven) August 12, 2019
No fairytale return for @andy_murray but enough positives to be excited about the future. He’s back and that’s the main thing. Interesting decision to come now re the US Open 😙
— Marcus Buckland (@marcus_buckland) August 12, 2019
@andy_murray loses in his singles comeback at @CincyTennis 6-4, 6-4, to @richardgasquet1 Monday – He tried. The footwork came around even if all of Murray’s shots weren’t there. More positives than negatives in his first singles match since #AO19 It’s about process. 🎾 #tennis pic.twitter.com/1mH8r8EbAg
— Michael Dickens (@michaelcdickens) August 12, 2019
🎾🇬🇧 On his return to Men's singles tennis, Andy Murray has been knocked out of the Cincinnati Masters by Richard Gasquet
It's good to see him back on the court either way! pic.twitter.com/q8edI8vX7q
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) August 12, 2019
— moriyuh10 (@moriyuh10) August 12, 2019
Very positive 1st match back for @andy_murray. Thought he got better in the 2nd set. He will have learned a lot from a physical point of view and how he recovers over night.
— Greg Rusedski (@GregRusedski1) August 12, 2019
— Express Sport (@DExpress_Sport) August 12, 2019
— Ben Price (@benprice84) August 12, 2019
Well Andy Murray lost his first singles match 64 64 but lots of good signs. #CincyTennis
— InTheSticks (@inthesticks) August 12, 2019
— Phil (@tennis_phil) August 12, 2019
Richard Gasquet wins a match.
Andy Murray wins a day without excruciating pain as a singles player.
Everybody wins. #WINcinnati
— Matt Zemek (@mzemek) August 12, 2019
Andy Murray's singles comeback ends in a Cincinnati R1 loss to Richard Gasquet, 6-4, 6-4.
But so good to have him back! pic.twitter.com/U0DumgI9Hz
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) August 12, 2019
— Western & Southern Open (@CincyTennis) August 12, 2019
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) August 12, 2019
Andy Murray was beaten by Richard Gasquet in his first singles match since hip resurfacing surgery in round one of the Cincinnati Masters.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 12, 2019