Andy Murray has been confirmed in a star-studded line-up to play at a fundraising event for the charity Rally Against Cancer called “Rally for Bally” on June 15 this year, according to BBC Sport.
The Wimbledon champion will be playing in the exhibition in support of former British player Elena Baltacha, who was diagnosed with liver cancer in March. The event will involve three mixed doubles matches, with two being played on the final day of the Aegon Championship at The Queen’s Club in London and the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, with the other taking place before the Aegon International in Eastbourne gets underway.
Murray will be joined by his brother and former Wimbledon mixed-doubles champion Jamie, 18-time Grand Slam winner Martina Navratilova, and fellow Brits Tim Henman, Greg Rusedski and Anne Keothavong.
The three highest ranked British women are also set to take part, with Laura Robson, Johanna Konta and Heather Watson all pledging their support, along with 2012 Wimbledon doubles champion Jonny Marray.
A similar event took place last year after it was revealed that Ross Hutchins had cancer, and he returned to action this year. Navratilova has overcome her own battles with cancer, as she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, and she was more than happy to pledge her support to the event.
She said: "My thoughts are with Elena and what she must be going through at this time.
"It is great the tennis world is coming together to support her, and to rally against cancer."
Baltacha retired from tennis in 2013, ending a career which saw her win 11 ITF singles titles and reach a career-high ranking of 49 in September 2010. The 30-year-old never made it into the second week of a Grand Slam tournament, but did reach the third round of the Australian Open on two occasions, in 2005 and 2010.
Last year’s Rally Against Cancer event saw Murray come up against his then coach Ivan Lendl in a doubles match which saw him pair up with Henman against Lendl and Tomas Berdych after the final of the Aegon Championships, where he had just beaten Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
The match made headlines not just for fundraising, but also for a moment of comedy, when Murray celebrated after hitting his coach with a shot during a point, which he had pledged to do before the match.
They were joined on that occasion by a number of famous faces, including London Mayor Boris Johnson, comedians Michael McIntyre and Jimmy Carr, presenter Jonathan Ross and entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson. Proceeds from the event will be split between the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis.
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