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Rally Against Cancer
Following the mandatory presentation ceremony of the AEGON Championships trophy, Andy turned his attention to entertaining all in the name of fundraising, by participating in the Rally Against Cancer.
Andy’s best friend Ross Hutchins who was diagnosed with cancer in 2012 came up with the idea of hosting and exhibition match, with the hope of raising as much money as possible for The Royal Marsden, the hospital where Ross has been receiving his treatment.
The Rally Against Cancer brought together a host of celebrities and tennis legends and it certainly didn’t disappoint in providing a highly entertaining ninety minutes of tennis. The packed stands of the Queens Club not only saw Great Britain take on the Czech Republic in an international doubles, which also doubled up as a coach versus player for Andy and Ivan but fans were also treated to an all star celebrity match.
The international match-up provided great entertainment for the Queens crowd and it was the Great British dream team of Andy and Tim Henman that comfortably dispatched the Czech pairing of Tomas Berdych and Ivan Lendl. Andy followed through with his promise of hitting his coach, powerfully returning his coach’s cross court forehand straight into Lendl’s body, which led to roars of laughter from the galleries.
It was then the turn of the celebrities to entertain the crowd, in a Team Murray versus Team Henman match. Team Murray brought together London Mayor Boris Johnson and comedians Jimmy Carr and Jonathan Ross. Team Henman saw entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson team up with movie star Eddie Redmayne and comedian Michael McIntyre. With the players rotating on and off each game, each star had there fine moments, however it was comedian McIntyre that showed exceptional skill, thumping winners across court frequently, to the distress of his celebrity counter parts.
The end of the exhibition saw Ross Hutchins step onto court to close the event. A short doubles rally with Andy, Tim and Andrew Castle was the perfect way to close the day.
Before the start of the tournament the fundraising target was one hundred thousands pounds and that had been comfortably met before the players had even stepped on court for the final. The final total will be released over the next few days. For more highlights click the link below or to donate visit the just giving page now.