French player Jules Marie was the hitting partner over the net on Monday evening as the sun set over the chic new roof assembled over Court Philippe-Chatrier.
Murray, awarded a main draw wildcard for Roland-Garros 2020, spun in a 360 as he entered the court to take in the fresh, slick look to the surroundings.
“I like it, it used to be very windy in here, it feels much less,” Murray said to Marie, who had re-gripped his racquet twice to make sure his preparation was perfect to spar with the former world No.1.
The duo clattered a series of groundstrokes, working down-the-lines, cross-court and progressing towards the net all in an hour’s work.
At one change of ends Murray called over to the groundstaff; “The court is very, very good,” declared the 33-year-old.
Any errant volleys were met with derision, Murray ever the perfectionist, as he cut acute-angled winners with deft touches to showcase his full repertoire at the net.