Andy Murray set to donate Queen’s Club winnings to Grenfell Tower victims


Andy Murray is set to donate around £12,000 of prize money to those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire after crashing out in the first round of his Wimbledon warm-up tournament.

The world number one lost 7-6 (7/4) 6-2 in the Aegon Championship to Jordan Thompson, who was called up to replace the injured Aljaz Bedene just a few hours earlier on Tuesday.

A number of newspapers have reported the Scot will hand over his cheque from the competition, understood to be worth around £12,000.

This was his ninth defeat already in 2017 and sixth against an opponent ranked outside the top 20.

It is his second worst result by ranking since he lost to world number 92 Guillermo Garcia Lopez at Indian Wells in March 2012.

The tournament is taking place at Queen’s Club, a few miles from the burnt-out tower block in west London.

Murray has supported a number of charitable causes throughout his career.

He donated his Queen’s winnings to the Royal Marsden Hospital in 2013, where his friend Ross Hutchins was being treated for cancer.

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He has also seen first-hand how a tragedy can affect a community.

He and his brother Jamie were pupils at Dunblane Primary School when 16 pupils and their teacher were massacred on March 13 1996.

The children – aged five and six – and teacher Gwen Mayor were murdered by Thomas Hamilton when he opened fire on a gym class.

The massacre in the Stirlingshire town shocked the nation and led to the UK enforcing some of the strictest firearms legislation in the world.

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