British Tennis To Rally For Bally
Andy Murray, Martina Navratilova and Tim Henman will lead an all-star line up at exhibition matches in three of the country’s biggest tournaments as British Tennis stages a second Rally Against Cancer charity event – ‘Rally For Bally’ – on Sunday 15th June.
The ‘Rally For Bally’ will feature three mixed doubles matches – one each on finals day at the The Queen’s Club, the Classic in Birmingham, and another ahead of the International in Eastbourne – with proceeds being split equally between the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis. Baltacha, or ‘Bally’ as she is known, revealed recently that she had been diagnosed with liver cancer.
Murray and Aegon Championships Tournament Director Ross Hutchins will play on opposing mixed doubles teams at The Queen’s Club, 18-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova, Anne Keothavong, Tim Henman and Jamie Murray will play in Birmingham, and Greg Rusedski and Jonny Marray will be on opposite teams in Eastbourne. Britain’s three highest ranked women, Laura Robson, Jo Konta and Heather Watson, will also take part, with the specific line-up of teams announced at a later date.
Hutchins, who underwent treatment for Hodgkins lymphoma last year at The Royal Marsden and worked on the first Rally Against Cancer event at The Queen’s Club in 2013, said: “We are determined to do everything we can to raise as much money as possible for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity to fight against cancer and for the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis, which means so much to Bally. We will have all three of our recent Wimbledon champions – Andy and Jamie Murray, and Jonny Marray, one at each venue, and I hope everyone will get behind this cause in just the same way as last year.”
Navratilova, who battled and overcame breast cancer in 2010, said: “Cancer is an opponent that we all must fight against. My thoughts are with Elena and what she must be going through at this time. It is great that the tennis world is coming together to support her, and to rally against cancer.”
In 2013, in the first Rally Against Cancer fundraiser, Murray and Henman played in a doubles match against Ivan Lendl and Tomas Berdych on finals day at Queen’s, with the London Mayor Boris Johnson, Jonathan Ross, Michael McIntyre, Jimmy Carr, Sir Richard Branson and Eddie Redmayne joining them to raise money for the Royal Marsden, which treated Hutchins.
A Rally For Bally JustGiving page has been set up, and donations can be made quickly and easily here: http://www.justgiving.com/RallyForBally
Or, text “EBAL60 £10″ to 70070, to make, for example, a £10 donation via your mobile phone.
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