An emotional Andy Murray burst into tears after beating Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-3 6-2 to reach the second round of Queen’s.
It was the first time in three years that the 34-year-old had been able to play a singles game on grass in front of a home crowd – and the first time he’d competed since March due to a groin injury.
Murray underwent hip surgery in 2019 – his second hip surgery in just over a year – in an attempt to save his career, but gnawing injuries continue to hinder his return.
The Scot then tested positive for Covid-19 in January, forcing him to miss February’s Australian Open. “Look, I love it. I love playing tennis,” Murray said, his voice breaking as the crowd offered their support.
“Sorry,” he added, wiping the tears from his eyes. “Obviously, competition is why you’ve put in all the hard work, and in recent years I haven’t had to do it as often as I would have liked, so [it’s] great that I’m here and able to compete again.
” Murray has had great success at Queen’s over the years, winning the Wimbledon warm-up event five times during his career.
Tuesday’s win was just Murray’s second on the ATP Tour since August and the three-time grand slam winner will hope to find form before his home slam kicks off on June 28.