Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 6°C

Search

Ipswich: Andy Murray keen to help Elena Baltacha after cancer diagnosis

PUBLISHED: 14:49 10 March 2014 | UPDATED: 16:37 10 March 2014

Elena Baltacha during play

Elena Baltacha during play

Archant

Andy Murray is keen to get involved in a second Rally Against Cancer this summer - and hopes Elena Baltacha will too.

Andy Murray in action Andy Murray in action

The charity fundraiser that followed the 2013 AEGON Championships final was the idea of Ross Hutchins, who underwent six months of chemotherapy last year after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Hutchins’ great friend Murray played in a doubles match with Tim Henman against coach Ivan Lendl and Tomas Berdych before various celebrities took to the court.

The event raised more than £275,000 for the Royal Marsden Hospital, where Hutchins received treatment.

The 29-year-old British Davis Cup player was told he was in remission in July and returned to action at the start of this season.

But on Friday, Ipswich-based Baltacha, a long-time British number one who retired in November, announced she too is battling the disease after being diagnosed with liver cancer.

Murray has known Baltacha since they were young children in Scotland, and she remains very close to his mother Judy.

There has been no indication that the Rally Against Cancer was anything but a one-off, but Murray hopes if a similar event can be organised for 2014 that it can help Baltacha in the same way it did Hutchins.

He said: “If there’s anything I could do - I’m sure any of the guys on the tour and the girls, if there’s anything we could do that could help, we would.

“I’m sure this year, if we do the Rally Against Cancer at Queen’s, that’s something that would definitely be great to get Elena involved in at an early stage.

“I believe that helped Ross a little bit as well so maybe that would be a nice thing to do.”

Hutchins threw himself into organising the 2013 event and said on Friday how much having goals had helped him deal with what he was going through.

It also involved him in the running of the AEGON Championships, and last week Hutchins was named as the new tournament director, a very unusual role for a current player.

Having been a key source of support for Hutchins, Murray was stunned to discover another of his peers is fighting cancer.

He said: “I heard about it from my mum a couple of weeks ago, she’d gone in to see her in the hospital. You’re obviously shocked to hear that.

“I’ve known Bally for a long time. I don’t know her as well as I know Ross, but it’s still shocking. She’s so young, she’s just retired, you’re expecting her to enjoy just a nice happy life. She’s just got married as well so you feel bad. Life is very, very unfair.

“I think she has the right attitude. My mum told me that she was unbelievably positive very soon after finding out.”

A Suffolk man had admitted defrauding a sports and social club by almost £27,000.

This year’s SPILL Festival of Performance will begin with the world premiere of Clarion Call, a co-commission between Ipswich arts charity the Pacitti Company and 14-18 NOW, which was behind the Tower of London poppies project.

Building the Orwell Bridge was only one of three options considered when an Ipswich by-pass was first seriously considered in the 1970s, the former chief executive of Suffolk County Council has revealed.

A “smash” was heard moments before a car was set alight in a suspected arson attack in Ipswich last night.

Witham MP Priti Patel faced questions over the prospect of a possible Cabinet return this morning in her first broadcast interview since quitting over her secret meetings with senior Israeli figures last year.

The government has still not agreed a deal to end its £50m commitment for the regional fire control “white elephant” in Cambridgeshire – nearly two years after negotiations started.

A police helicopter was involved in a search which continues this morning for a motorist involved in a single-vehicle crash in Suffolk last night.

This is the last week that market traders will operate from Ipswich’s Cornhill for at least a year as work to rebuild the town centre is due to start.

James Blunt and Plan B have joined this year’s Newmarket Nights line-up.

Drivers are being warned they could face delays as roadworks begin at one of Ipswich’s busiest junctions this morning.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24