Murray suffers early exit in first round of Stuttgart Open

Andy Murray’s first match of the grass-court season ended in defeat by American Marcos Giron at the Stuttgart Open. In the 999th singles match of his career, the three-time Grand Slam champion was beaten 6-3, 6-4 in the first round. The 37-year-old Murray is gearing up for what is likely to be his final Wimbledon, as he has previously stated he does not plan on playing much beyond the summer.

Murray faced Giron in a tough match that saw him save break points in his first service game but unable to capitalize on an early chance to break himself. Giron, ranked number 54 in the world, took advantage of the situation and broke Murray’s serve to comfortably win the opening set.

Despite fighting back in the second set and holding to love in the first game and getting break points on Giron’s serve, Murray was unable to convert them. Giron then broke Murray’s serve again and maintained his lead throughout the set. Giron will now face another Briton, sixth seed Jack Draper, in the second round at the Stuttgart Open on Wednesday.

Murray is looking ahead to the Cinch Championships at Queen’s next week as part of his preparations for Wimbledon. He will also team up with his brother Jamie in the men’s doubles event at Wimbledon, marking their first Grand Slam appearance as a pair. Jamie recently mentioned that it was “now or never” for them to play together at Wimbledon, which adds excitement and anticipation for their upcoming tournament debut.

The prestigious tournament is set to begin on July 1st with many players vying for glory and a spot on tennis’ most coveted stage. With only one more tournament left before Wimbledon’s main draw starts, players are using this opportunity to fine-tune their skills and gain some valuable experience before facing off against each other on grass courts.

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