"We're so happy that you're back on a tennis court", he said to loud applause.
It seemed at Queen's that was not enough, though. Watching it you could only recall the days when these grass court matches involved two players rushing into the net after their serves, rather than grinding away from the baseline in a war of attrition.
Simon will face either Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime or Spanish 37-year-old Feliciano Lopez in the final when he will hope to become the first French victor of the prestigious pre-Wimbledon title.
Then, 35 minutes after Lopez's near three-hour singles final, they returned to court with Lopez seeking the double and Murray eager to win silverware for the first time since Dubai in March 2017, just before his right hip began crumbling. Lopez had command of the second set breaker up 4-2 but didn't win another point.
While Simon, 34, earned four break points during the opening set, the Frenchman failed to convert any of them, and Lopez ultimately took the set 6-2.
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He was indebted to Lopez, who has been playing his own version of victor stays on for the past couple of days.
Murray - watched by his wife Kim and mother Judy - may be regretting deciding not to play with the 37-year-old Lopez at Wimbledon.
Lopez saved all but one of the break points he faced and converted three of his 13 opportunities to prevail in 2 hours, 49 minutes.
"It's incredible", he said. But at the time I said what I felt.
Murray was one of the big names who was highly critical of Sharapova during her doping ban and subsequent return two years ago. It was tough for me to find a way to win points.
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For Lopez, it was his second title of the day, having already beaten Gilles Simon in three sets to take the singles crown. And then, the Frenchman ranted to seal the set 7-6 (4) as the Spaniard committed an unforced error. He is oldest victor at Queen's Club, breaking his own record from his victory two years ago.
It is the sixth time Murray has won a Queen's Club title, his first since 2016, but the first time he has won the doubles event.
"I don't have to be getting to the U.S. Open this year and be really competitive and have to win it to enjoy it". It was the first wheelchair tennis ranking tournament final at Queen's. Until this week they hadn't played together but managed to beat a number of experienced doubles pairs including the top seeds during the week.
Roger Federer got his Wimbledon preparations off to the ideal start by claiming a record-extending 10th title at the Halle grass-court event.
"I mean, potentially, yeah", he said when pressed as to whether the US Open - where he won his first Grand Slam title in 2012 - could be the place to resume his singles career.
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