Emotions got the best of Andy Murray once again. After winning his second straight Brisbane title the Scot got choked up when he dedicated his title a friend back home.
“I’d like to dedicate this victory to one of my best friends,” Murray told the crowd following a 7-6, 6-4 win over Grigor Dimitrov. “He’s back home watching and you’re going to get through.”
Murray did not reveal his mate’s name but not soon after his friend and doubles pro Ross Hutchins announced in a tweet that he’s been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
“Happy New Year to all!Unfortunately I will be away from tennis for a while as I was recently diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma..” he tweeted. “I am doing well, very positive with excellent medical support,friends and family around me. Looking forward to being back on the court soon!”
The 27-year-old Hutchins who was born and lives in Wimbledon, ranks No. 28 in doubles and has five career titles, two last season. We wish him the best for a speedy recovery.
Murray now heads to Melbourne where he’ll be the No. 3 seed hoping to continue his excellent form.
“I hope that the Australian Open goes a bit better for me than it did last year,” Murray said. “I do feel more relaxed one week out from slam than I have done previously, that’s for sure, so I hope that’s a good sign.”
Dimitrov, who was appearing in his first ATP final, will move into the Top 40 for the first time in the next rankings.
“I think I still need couple of years on the tour to get stronger and be able to hang with these guys all weeks, and especially playing best of five sets,” the Bulgarian said.
Reports broke before the match of a possible courtship between Dimitrov and Maria Sharapova! Grigor did not address the dating rumor.
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