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Tough Match Ahead For Ross Hutchins

 

There are gestures that have a lot of meaning, but of which we don’t know the signification right away, if at all. Last year, during Wimbledon, the Olympics, and the US Open, we saw Andy Murray raising two fingers pointing at the sky after each win, as in prayer, something he never explained.

 

This week, surprisingly, he was doing it after each win that led to the defence of his Brisbane International title, the most emotional of it coming right after his final win over Grigor Dimitrov:

 

Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

 

Fighting back tears, he indirectly explain why, for this week, it was part of his winning ritual, in a very emotional trophy dedication:

 

“I’d like to dedicate this victory to one of my best friends. He’s back home watching – you’re going to get through it.”

 

A few hours later, we found out who the friend in question is, when doubles specialist Ross Hutchins made this stunning (and sad) declaration on Twitter:

 

 

The Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a “cancer of the white blood cells found in the lymphatic system“, is the same type of cancer that  Russian tennis star Alisa Kleybanova fought and vanquished in 2011. Thankfully, it’s not the most dangerous form of it that afflicts Hutchins.

 

It remains, nonetheless, a tough battle ahead for the 27-year-old from London, the most important match he will have to fight.

 

We wish him all the best, and a fast and complete recovery.

 

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