ANDY TO SPORT POPPY AT THE ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS
Andy will sport a Poppy on his kit to support The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal when he aims for a unique treble in London at the ATP World Tour Finals.
The season finale at the O2 begins on Remembrance Sunday, 9 November, when the nation honours the memory of the fallen and the future of the living. The 27-year-old Scot has asked that his kit features a Poppy throughout the week’s play as a mark of respect. Murray’s grandfather served in the Royal Army Medical Corps and his great grandfathers were in the Royal Engineers and the RAF.
The 2013 BBC Sports Personality of the Year says: “On Remembrance Sunday it’s important that everyone, including the crowds at the O2 and the players, pauses for reflection; to remember those who gave, and give, so much. I’ll be wearing my Poppy with pride on court as I do off it, to support The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal and the Armed Forces community past and present.”
The British number one has regularly shown his support for the Armed Forces community. He fronted The Royal British Legion’s poster campaign in 2011 and earlier this year his name seemingly appeared in print for The Legion’s ‘Every Man Remembered’ campaign. His namesake, Private Andrew Murray from Edinburgh, served with the Royal Scots in the First World War and died aged 23 in May 1915. The advert grabbed the public’s attention and asked that he too be remembered.
This year marks the centenary of the start of that conflict, when field of Poppies bloomed among the graves of the fallen, making events this week all the more poignant. They include The Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance at The Royal Albert Hall on Saturday, the Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph on Sunday – when the ATP World Tour Finals commence – and The Royal British Legion’s Silence in the Square, in Trafalgar Square on Armistice Day, 11 November.
Charles Byrne, Director of Fundraising for The Royal British Legion, founded in 1921 by veterans of the First World War who adopted the Poppy as their symbol, adds: “We’re very grateful for Andy’s continued support. It’s the backing of those like Andy, and the public, that enables the Legion to help the Armed Forces community in almost every aspect of their daily lives. We’ve had amazing support this year and that will make a huge difference to lots of Serving personnel, veterans and their families today and throughout the year. We wish Andy the very best of luck in London.”
Over the past two weeks, some 45 million Poppies have been distributed by 350,000 collectors with the aim of raising £40 million.
The ATP Finals run until Sunday 16 November. Andy has been drawn with Roger Federer, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic. If crowned champion he will complete a hat-trick of London titles having claimed Gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games and ending Britain’s 77-year wait for a Wimbledon men’s champion in 2013. The British number one missed last year’s ATP Finals through injury.