KNIGHTHOODS might carry a certain cachet but, as Sir Andy Murray discovered at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, honours list privileges count for nothing on a tennis court.
Partnering Pole Mariusz Fyrstenberg, Murray was bulldozed into a humbling first-round defeat by Spain’s David Marrero and Serbian greybeard Nenad Zimonjic.
Double faulting with troubling regularity, Murray’s first ATP World Tour outing of the season ended in 6-2 6-4 defeat.
Struggling to shed off-season rust, Murray was also the butt of jokes between the players when he almost fell when trotting back onto court after a changeover.
The Scot’s right foot caught the edge of umpire Cedric Mourier’s chair, causing him to stumble and swear.
As startled Marrero and Zimonjic, 40, spun around in surprise, the players joked the sport’s newest knight should be warned for using bad language.
World No. 1 Murray will hope for a more positive outcome when he faces Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in singles.