(Paris) Andy Murray hopes he can build on his first title win in three years, after experiencing “his share of trouble” for 18 months.

Heading into the French Open, Murray won an ATP Challenger Tour tournament in the south of France last weekend. It was his first title since 2019, and his first on clay since 2016.

The Scot triumphed in Aix-en-Provence after beating American Tommy Paul 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 in Sunday’s final.

“I’ve been having trouble with my game for a year, maybe 18 months,” Murray first said. She (my team), however, encouraged me, working with me, so that I could improve. We will have to build on that. »

Murray, a former world No. 1 who won three major career titles, relished the conquest of a first title since that of Antwerp in 2019.

His previous title on clay came at the Rome Masters in 2016.

It was Murray’s third Challenger title, and his first since 2005.

Murray is now ranked 42nd in the ATP world rankings, his best since undergoing hip surgery in 2018 and 2019.

The French Open will begin on May 28.