The 2013 Aegon Tennis Queen’s Club Championship is to host a special ‘Rally Against Cancer’ event – an all star doubles exhibition in aid of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, which supports The Royal Marsden Cancer Centre, the world-leading cancer centre treating British tennis player Ross Hutchins
The event, on Sunday 16th June; is set to take place, immediately after the championship final on the Queen’s Club Centre Court will feature eminent tennis players past and present including Andy Murray and Tim Henman alongside side celebrity guests Boris Johnson and Jonathan Ross.
Ross Hutchins was diagnosed with the cancer, Hodgkins lymphoma, in December, and has since been undergoing treatment at The Royal Marsden Cancer Centre.
‘I wanted to do something to raise money for them to thank them for their kindness.’ said Hutchins. “It is an unbelievable place that helps thousands of people in situations similar to mine.
Hutchins had been inspired to run a tennis event in support of the centre and was approached by The Aegon Tennis Tournament Director Chris Kermode with the suggestion of doing an event after the final.
Murray and Henman Confirmed for Aegon Tennis Championship Charity Event
Hutchins approached Andy Murray and Tim Henman who were both enthusiastic about playing in the event and making a difference.
Murray, a close friend of Hutchins said: “I’m looking forward to helping raise as much money and awareness as possible so the charity can continue the amazing work it does, which I’ve heard all about through Ross.”
Henman added: “This is a great idea and a great cause, and I’m happy to have been asked to take part. It will be fun to go out on the Centre Court at The Queen’s Club again, and for the first time with Andy!”
London Mayor Boris Johnson said, ‘I am delighted to have been invited to take part in the Rally Against Cancer at The Queen’s Club. It is a really good cause and one that I am honoured to support.
‘However, given the LTA’s generous decision to donate £10 for every ace served, I am concerned that their bank balance will look a little thin after I’ve finished with Mr Henman and Mr Murray!’
Boris Johnson and Jonathan Ross join Tim Henman and Andy Murray for an exhibition doubles match after Murray teams up with Henman to take on his coach Ivan Lendl and Tomas Berdych.
Other celebrities involved in the charity tennis event at Queen’s Club include comedian Michael McIntyre and actor Eddie Redmayne.
Fundraising at the Aegon Tennis Championship Charity Event
For every Queen’s Club finals day ticket purchased £10 will be donated to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. The Lawn Tennis Association, which runs the Aegon Tennis Championships, will give £10 for every ace hit during the tournament. Additional money will be raised by a charity auction and online donations can be made at http://www.justgiving.com/RallyAgainstCancer2013