Today the ATP awards were announced, there are several catagories to this prestigious end of year awards and the players are presented with the awards at the World Tour Finals at the O2 arena in London. Several of the awards are voted for by the fans and the fans favourite player (once again) was Roger Federer.
However, one of only 2 awards actually voted for by the ATP is the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award. This year this award went to Andy Murray. When 2 of his close friends were diagnosed with different types of cancer Andy wanted to help. In 2013 he organised the Rally Against Cancer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bidj1KA2ngw Where Andy and Tim Henman teamed up to play a doubles match against Thomas Berdych and Andys then coach Ivan Lendl to raise funds for Royal Marsden Hospital, where Ross was being treated (and he later went into remission). When Elena Baltacha died earlier this year (at the young age of just 30) from Liver Cancer, he again organised a charity event, this time called Rally for Bally, held at several locations on the same day, saw past and present tennis players team up for doubles events, this event raised money for not only the Royal Marsden again but also for Elena Baltacha’s own tennis academy, so the work she had started would continue.
In addition to this Andy has helped to raise the awareness of UNICEF, United for Wildlife and Malaria No More. This autumn he also took part in Channel 4’s Stand Up to Cancer, by appearing in a sketch with Richard Ayoade. In this Andy was seen with Richard auditioning people to take part in “Andy Murray the Movie”, and saw him making fun of himself (again – fans will know how much ribbing he took on “Mock the week” the times he has appeared).
Andy will receive his award next week at the World Tour Finals, and this author hopes that she will either get to see this, or him on the practice courts, or even one of his matches. As I am going on the Thursday, I stand a chance of at least one of these options.