Andy Murray made an emotional and winning return in his first singles match on grass for three years as he reached the second round at Queen’s.
The Briton, 34, beat Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-3 6-2 in his first singles match since March after a groin injury.
Last year’s grass season was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic and he played doubles the previous year while on the comeback from hip surgery.
“Look, I love playing tennis,” Murray said, his voice breaking and eyes wet.
“Sorry,” he continued, shaking his head as he tried to contain his emotions while the crowd cheered.
“Obviously, competing is why you put in all the hard work.
“The last few years, I’ve not go to do that as much as I would have liked so, yeah [it’s] just great that I’m out here and able to compete again.”
Earlier, British number one Dan Evans advanced with a 6-4 6-4 win over Australia’s Alexei Popyrin.