Andy Murray to face French hothead Benoit Paire in the first round of Queen’s this week.
The three-time grand slam champion has not played since March after suffering a groin
injury in his sleep and then decided to skip the clay-court season in order to prepare
for the British summer.
World No.40 Paire, 32, has a long rap sheet, breaking bubble rules and acting like a
rogue on and off the court by criticizing officials, umpires, and tournament decisions.
Nonetheless, this is key preparation for Murray, 34, for a return to Wimbledon this
month. And given the forthcoming England v Scotland Euro 2020 clash, there is the
interesting prospect of playing fellow Brits Dan Evans or Liam Broady in the quarter-
Outside of those matches, it is a weak field this year at the Cinch Championships with
Italian Matteo Berrettini and Canadian Denis Shapovalov the other leading names in the
draw. Punk Paire is barred from representing France at the Tokyo Olympics due to his
“deeply inappropriate behavior” when he spat on-court at the Argentina Open in March.
Meanwhile, Barbora Krejcikova has put herself in the Wimbledon running after snapping
up the French Open.
Unseeded Krejcikova, ranked outside of the world top-100 only nine months ago, came
from nowhere to beat Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1 2-6 6-4.