Andy Murray discovers opening Queen’s opponent as Brit prepares for grass return

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Andy Murray will play his first grass-court singles match for three years against Benoit Paire – the Frenchman who has lost his opening match 12 times this season

The former world No 1 has been handed a wildcard for the cinch Championships at Queen’s Club in his latest comeback before Wimbledon.

The Scot, now 34, has played only three ATP Tour singles matches this year and has been out since March 3 after suffering a “freak” groin injury.

World No 40 Paire has admitted his mental health struggles in the bubble – and wept into his towel after his last defeat in his opening match of the French Open.

After his Paris defeat, Paire said: “I’ve cried for everything I’ve been through in the last few months. My family knows I’m not happy right now and they have had a hard time.

“If I let myself go it was because I had a knot in my stomach, I could no longer restrain myself.”

He has also been banned from representing France at the Tokyo Olympics because of his “deeply inappropriate behaviour”.

The winner will probably play No 1 seed Matteo Berrettini in the second round.

British No 1 Dan Evans faces Aussie Alexei Popyrin in his first match.

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