Murray and Inglot were beaten 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 7-5 7-5 by Nicolas Mahut and Julien Benneteau on day two in Rouen.
Leon Smith insisted there can be a way back for Great Britain after a chastening opening day of Davis Cup quarter-final action against France in Rouen.
Great Britain fail to win a single set on the opening day of a Davis Cup tie for the first time in nine years, as both Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans lose in three sets.
Next goal is already the semifinal away from home from 18 to 20 September against France led by Yannick Noah, who said he hopes Djokovic will go as far as possible at the US Open in order to be exhausted for the tie that France wants to play on clay.
Mahut and Benneteau are grand ambassadors of their country's emotional and historic attachment to the Davis Cup, and can trace their personal playing association back to 1999, when they won the boys' title together at the US Open. He held on until serving to save the match, but went 15-40 down, and Chardy hammered home the win from the baseline with a break, 6-3, in just an hour and 50 minutes.
France will host Serbia in September. Yet that is just one problem that we face, the other being the folllow through from the success of our current crop of players for the future.
Britain have only lost two Davis Cup doubles rubbers under Smith - both to USA twins Bob and Mike Bryan - but this is a tough ask, with Mahut and Benneteau among the format's leading practitioners. How they could have done with Andy Murray, who is in France but 500 miles away in Nice preparing for his comeback from an elbow injury.
Johnson and Sock recovered from losing the first set in Brisbane to take the lead, though they needed a decider to come out on top 3-6 6-3 6-2 2-6 6-3.
After Lucas Pouille and Jeremy Chardy of France laid a solid foundation for the victory on Friday, Mahut and Benneteau were involved in a fierce contest to force a tiebreak in the first set, where both sides drew level from four to seven.
We sometimes see baseball or basketball players diving into the crowd to make a play, but it's more unusual to see it in tennis. Novak Djokovic´s presence in the tie definitely helped the team led by Nedad Zimonjic, who won today the doubles match alongside Victor Troicki. Goffin won their only previous match in 2014.
Andreas Seppi and Simone Bolelli beat Ruben Bemelmans and Joris de Loore 4-6 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-6.
The victor faces Belgium or Italy in September.
"Their mentality [after the singles setbacks] will be to go even more fiercely to win". Murray saved, only to be lobbed by the same player for a second shot at glory, and Murray's final touch of a compelling fight fell with wicked unkindness on the wrong side of the net.
The results: Quarterfinals: At Brisbane: Australia 2 leads U.S. 1 [Steve Johnson & Jack Sock bt Sam Groth & John Peers 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3].