Monday, June 17, 2013

Murray Pelts Lendl, For a Good Cause, and Everybody Laughs

(June 17, 2013)--As the saying goes, it is not a coach's job to get his understudy to like him. And when Andy Murray is concerned, Ivan Lendl's only job is to get the Brit to win Grand Slams. He's already done that, and evidently he's pushed a few buttons in Murray while doing so. How else could you explain the joy of Murray after he took his coach down while playing the Queen's Rally Against Cancer charity match? Murray, normally reserved and somewhat inhibited, expressed about 20 million times more joy from pegging his coach than he did when he won his first Grand Slam at the U.S. Open last year.

Credit to Lendl for taking the pelting in stride. "It just proves that everybody can hit a lucky shot," he said in an on-court interview after the match.

Lendl's used to dishing it out (see videos below), so it's nice to see that he can take it like a champion.

The event, organized by British doubles player Ross Hutchins, raised 65,000 Euros for the Royal Marsden Hospital in Kensington, England. Hutchins, one of Murray's closest friends, finished his last chemotherapy treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma last week.

Thanks to Beyond the Baseline for the video tip.