Ross Hutchins Rally Against Cancer

Ross Hutchins and Colin Fleming win Queen's Club 2012

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Ross Hutchins of Great Britain has played in two grand slam doubles quarter-finals, thus far. The 1.9m right-handeris  pictured on the left in this photo. Hutchins has played in Davis Cup like his father, who also captained the the British Davis Cup team. No doubt, tennis runs in his blood, he was even born in Wimbledon in London.

The 28-year-old Hutchins finished 2012 as part of the World No.9 ATP Tour doubles team with his partner Colin Fleming. Fleming is, pictured on the right of Hutchins after they won the prestigious 2012 Queen’s Club tournament in London.

After Hutchins told Andy Murray on 27 December 2012 about his Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Andy said: “You’re going to get through this, you’re going to become a better person and a better tennis player. You’re going to be far stronger, mentally.”

When Hutchins called his doubles partner Colin Fleming, Fleming said: “Your first tournament back you’re playing with me. You and me – we’re the team.”

Murray dedicated his singles title at the Brisbane International in January 2013 with a tearful promise that Hutchins will survive.

Hutchins is at Wimbledon supporting his two closest friends after focusing on his mission to raise money for the Marsden (where he chose to be treated), in a charity drive culminating in an special exhibition doubles match at Queen’s where Murray and his childhood idol, Tim Henman played Ivan Lendl and Tomas Berdych.

Shortly after Wimbledon, Hutchins will have a Pet scan of the whole body and a CT scan of the chest. We all hope it shows he is clear. Hutchins said, “Then I’ll have another Pet scan three months later. So it will be October before I know for sure if I’m in remission. Hopefully it will be good news and I’ll be able to train in November and December – and go with Andy to Miami. I hope to play again with Colin in Australia early next year.”

Hutchins leads by example with his strong positive mindset for his fight against cancer. In tennis parlance, he shared his perspective, “I look at it as a tennis match. The cancer is my opponent and I have to beat it. I think I’ve handled it well, and if I come through this it will be the thing I’m most proud of – how strong I’ve tried to stay.”

Photo credit: Andy2982

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