Murray on course for defeat in match suspended by weather conditions

Murray trailed Yannick Hanfmann when play was stopped due to an impending storm.

Andy Murray on course for defeat in Geneva before weather intervenes PA Media

Andy Murray was distracted by bizarre weather conditions as he stood on the brink of defeat in the first round of the Geneva Open.

Murray trailed world number 85 Yannick Hanfmann by a set and a double break on Monday when umpire Greg Allensworth sent them back to the dressing rooms due to an impending storm.

Gusts of wind had been sending showers of white pollen on to the court from the nearby Parc des Eaux-Vives, prompting Murray to complain to Allensworth: “It’s like it’s snowing out here.”

Amid the unlikely conditions, Murray summoned two double faults in succession to pave the way for Hanfmann to move 4-1 up in the second set having grabbed the decisive break in the first, reeling off 12 points in a row to win it 7-5.

It was a disappointing return to the ATP Tour for Murray, who hoped to use Geneva to limber up for his first French Open appearance since 2020 after producing a disappointing performance at a Challenger event in Bordeaux last week on his comeback from injury.

He looked painfully out of sorts, struggling on the return of serve and increasingly handing the initiative to his opponent, who was less inclined to accept the need for a weather interruption.

Barring a spectacular revival it means Murray will miss the chance of booking a second-round clash with world number one Novak Djokovic, in what would have been their first meeting since the 2017 Doha final.

British number three Dan Evans missed a match point opportunity as he fell 6-3 4-6 7-6 (6) to Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech in the first round of the Lyon Open.

In a thrilling final set, Evans hit back from 5-2 behind to hold match point at 6-5 in the tie-break before Rinderknech rallied to reach round two.

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