Andy Murray faced an early exit from the Australian Open, delivering a subdued performance against Argentine 30th seed Tomas Martin Etcheverry.
The 36-year-old British tennis star, a five-time finalist at Melbourne Park, displayed minimal emotion as he lost 6-4 6-2 6-2, marking only the second time in his past 13 appearances that he failed to reach the second round.
With 2024 potentially being his final season before retirement, Murray expressed the possibility of ending his illustrious career if he doesn't find joy in playing this year.
Having faced challenges in form during the latter part of the 2023 season, Murray has encountered a difficult start to 2024, losing both of his matches. Considering retirement, the Scot emphasized the importance of enjoying the game, stating that he would contemplate ending his career if the joy was not there.
Since the US Open in September, Murray has struggled, losing eight of his last 12 matches, including the most recent four. Following Murray's exit, he becomes the second Briton to depart the singles competition in Melbourne, following Jodie Burrage's defeat on Sunday.
As Murray reflects on his future in tennis, five more British players – Emma Raducanu, Katie Boulter, Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans, and Jack Draper – are set to play their opening matches on Tuesday at the Australian Open.