Murray suffered a comprehensive straight sets defeat to 30th seed Tomas Martin Etcheverry in the first round in Melbourne and the 36-year-old Brit appeared to be fighting back the tears as he made his way off the court.
The two-time Wimbledon champion admitted prior to the tournament that 2024 could be his final season in the sport and conceded there was ‘definitely a possibility’ it was his last time competing Down Under in the immediate aftermath of his elimination.
Laura Robson – who won a silver medal with Murray at the London 2012 Olympics – was on hand to offer the Scot her support in the aftermath of his loss and Henman followed suit while giving his thoughts on Eurosport.
The former British No.1 said it was sad to see Murray struggling for form and looking ‘lost’ given the hard yards he had been putting in heading into the Grand Slam.
‘I think it was a painful watch, and he looked lost on and off the court,’ Henman said.
‘To hear him in the press conference so down and with very little explanation.
‘It’s difficult when you’re 36 and you’ve achieved what he has.
‘You want to see him enjoying himself on court and reaping the rewards of all the hard work he puts in on the practice court and in the gym and on the track.
‘He needs to go away, analyse it with his team and his family and decide where he wants to go next.’
At his post-match press conference, a despondent Murray admitted it was a ‘bizarre feeling’ not being able to gain a foothold as his Argentine opponent cruised to victory.
‘I think it’s normal when you get close to the end of your career and you don’t know how many opportunities you get,’ Murray said.
‘You get out there and you put a little bit of pressure on yourself but I was also conscious of trying to use my energy in a better way, not get too frustrated on the court. The combination of those things just didn’t help.
‘I didn’t deal with the situation well and when the result wasn’t going my way, I wasn’t trying to figure out a solution to try and change the match. I was just trying to stay calm and it’s just a bizarre feeling on the court.’
Later this month, Murray is expected to compete at the Open Sud de France alongside the likes of Lorenzo Musetti, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet.
It’s believed Murray maintains hopes of competing at Wimbledon in the summer which would likely be an emotional final appearance at SW19.
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