BBC Sports Personality of the Year: Andy Murray’s Wimbledon win beats my recovery from Hodgkin’s lymphoma, says Ross Hutchins

 

Ross Hutchins says Andy Murray winning Wimbledon this year meant more to him than beating cancer. The British doubles player is on the verge of making his comeback after missing the whole of last season to battle Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

“None of that is as important as Andy winning Wimbledon,” he told the BBC. “It was amazing to become healthy, but that was the most incredible moment of the year. Cancer and the whole treatment, you forget about it.” He was speaking ahead of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards ceremony this evening, in which Murray is the favourite to win the prize.

In remission since July, Hutchins is now back training at full intensity and plans to make his comeback later this month at the Brisbane International – the same tournament where Murray made an emotional dedication to his close friend after winning the singles title last season.

The 28-year-old resumes his doubles partnership with Colin Fleming. “We want to be the No 1 team in the world,” he said. “I know a lot of people say that but we feel like we have the game plan and we’re still relatively young in the game of doubles.

“I hope my experiences over the past 12 months can help give us that 10 per cent extra to take us from a top 10 team to a really, really top team who are pushing for Grand Slam titles and Masters Series titles. We’ve beaten pretty much everyone in the world and I do feel like we can be No 1 in the world.”

Hutchins was diagnosed with cancer a year ago having suffered from back pain since Britain’s Davis Cup tie against Belgium in April 2012.

“A lot of tennis players and athletes get back pains, hip pains, knee pains - they’re probably the most common pains we get. But this was something more extreme,” he said.

Suggested Topics
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...