Murray was in a commanding position to edge past Alex de Minaur in the round of 64 in Paris as the Brit held a 5-2 lead and match point in the deciding third set. However, Murray gave up his advantage and eventually lost his sixth consecutive match against de Minaur.
The result was heartbreaking for Murray, who has now only won one match in his last four tournament entries. When reflecting on the defeat post-match, the 36-year-old gave an honest assessment of his struggles on the court in the latter stages of 2023.
“I’m not really enjoying it just now in terms of how I feel on the court and how I’m playing. The last five, six months haven’t been that enjoyable, so I need to try to find some of that enjoyment back because playing a match like that, there’s not much positivity there.
“When I play a good point, I’m not really getting behind myself and then, in the important moments, that will to win and fight that has always been quite a big, big part of my game…”
Ultimately, Murray's latest admission could add more fuel to his comments after the US Open, when the three-time Grand Slam winner hinted at a potential retirement.
"If I want to keep going, I’m going to need a lot of work, It’s not just going to be like one or two weeks of training to get me to where I need to get to, it’s going to have to be a lot of work and consistent work to give myself a chance.”