Murray And Dimitrov In Hilarious Proxy Race
London, Great Britain
by ATP Staff|
With bragging rights on the line, Grigor Dimitrov’s coach, Roger Rasheed, challenged Andy Murray’s fitness trainer, Jez Green, to a 200-meter sprint at Wimbledon Park Athletic Track on Tuesday... for charity.
“It all started at the Australian Open when there was banter between two teams,” said Rasheed, whose Roger Rasheed Sports Foundation raises money to promote better, healthier lives for children in disadvantaged circumstances. “We chose the 200 meter sprint as the feature event.”
Rasheed joked as he recounted his final preparation and training for the race.
“I was nervous last night,” said Rasheed, who has coached the Bulgarian Dimitrov since October 2013. “I slept, I watched a little bit of Usain Bolt to get a similar technique. I put myself under video surveillance.”
Rasheed even dressed the part, wearing a blue shirt, black leggings, and track cleats for the contest. Murray’s camp teased Dimitrov about the outfit, asking the World No. 13 to explain his coach’s race attire.
“The outfit is important,” responded Rasheed cheekily. “If you can’t run, you better look good. If someone beats you, you at least looked good at the start.”
After the race began, Dimitrov and Murray cheered the sprinters and filmed the race with their cell phones.
“It’s pretty tight!” shouted both Dimitrov and Murray, impressed by the close contest between the two runners. In the end, Rasheed edged Green by a hair, and the Australian crossed the finish line at 26.25 seconds.
“It’s something nice that we can laugh about a bit and take our minds [away from tennis],” said Dimitrov. “It’s something exciting at the same time.”
“We’re using sports as a medicine to save lives in Australia,” said Rasheed about his foundation, the event's beneficiary. "In extremely disadvantaged communities, sports can be a real driving factor in directing [children] in life.”