Andy Murray dedicates win to ill friend

Published On January 7, 2013 | By Jill Saftel

Andy Murray won the Brisbane International for the second consecutive year with a 7-6, 6-4 victory over Grigor Dimitrov. In a thoughtful move, he dedicated the win Sunday to fellow tennis player and friend Ross Hutchins who recently was diagnosed with cancer.

Hutchins recently announced via Twitter that he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Murray mentioned Hutchins in his acceptance speech in addition to writing, “For you, Rosco,” on the nearest camera.

“I’d like to dedicate this victory to one of my best friends back home,” Murray said as he accepted his trophy. “You’re going to be OK. You’re going to get through.”

He declined to discuss Hutchins in his post-match interviews.

Murray and Hutchins have not only been teammates on the Davis Cup, but as doubles partners and have been close on tour together. Hutchins is ranked No. 28 in the world in doubles.

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