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Hutchins Diagnosed With Hodgkin's Lymphoma; Murray Dedicates Brisbane Win

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One of the brightest and well-liked personalities in doubles will take time away from tennis to confront a different battle: cancer.

Ross Hutchins has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. The 27 year old went 36-24 this past season, partnering countryman Colin Fleming to two ATP World Tour doubles titles in Delray Beach and Eastbourne. They also reached the semi-finals at the Shanghai Rolex Masters and were the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals alternates.

“Over the Christmas period I was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma,” Hutchins said in a statement to the LTA. “This came as a shock but I am ready to move forward with the necessary treatment. I have the best medical support at Royal Marsden and very close family and friends supporting me. I look forward to getting over this hurdle and getting back to the ATP [World] Tour and full steam ahead with my tennis career.”

The announcement came just hours after Great Britain’s Andy Murray successfully defended his title at the Brisbane International by defeating Grigor Dimitrov 7-6(0), 6-4. Murray and Hutchins share a close friendship and are known for playing practical jokes on each other.

The third-ranked Murray tried to contain his emotions when he accepted the trophy, stating in his victory speech, “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.”

Lawn Tennis Association CEO Roger Draper added, “Everyone in British Tennis is behind Ross. He is a true ambassador for the sport both on and off the court, and I have no doubt he will overcome this setback. Its important that we give Ross and his family the privacy they need during this challenging time.”

The WTA’s Alisa Kleybanova recently beat the disease, returning to play the Sony Open Tennis in March 2012 after a 10-month absence from competition. She opted to take the rest of the season off to build up her stamina and intends to make another comeback in 2013.

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