Andy Murray said after winning his third Aegon Championships title that he had still to play his most important match of the day. The Scot duly went back on court and partnered Tim Henman in a doubles match against Ivan Lendl, the Scot’s coach, and Tomas Berdych in a fund-raising match called the “Rally Against Cancer”.
The event raised money for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, which supports the Royal Marsden, the cancer centre which has been treating Ross Hutchins, the British Davis Cup player and one of Murray’s closest friends.
“He’s been so brave and just finished his last treatment on Thursday,” Murray said yesterday.
The Scot had talked for weeks about wanting to hit the Lendl body with a shot, which had been one of his coach’s specialities. When Murray duly achieved the feat he leapt around in celebration. “He will be lucky to make it until next Monday,” Lendl joked.
Once the match was over, it was the turn for a number of celebrities, including Jonathan Ross and Boris Johnson, to show their tennis ability – or in some cases a distinct lack of it.