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Andy Murray to donate Queen's prize money to Grenfell Tower appeal

20 Juin 2017

Andy Murray is planning to donate his prize money from the Aegon Championships to those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire if he wins the tournament, it has been reported.

Reports also suggest that the tournament itself will make a significant donation following last week's tragic events. If he wins the event for the third year in a row his contribution will be £346,000. "I'm looking forward to getting out on the court and wearing the new kit", said Murray.

Murray, his brother Jamie, Martina Hingis, Marion Bartoli and Victoria Azarenka were among those who took part in fund-raising matches at Queen's Club, Eastbourne and Birmingham.

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As usual, Murray isn't seeking the limelight for his generosity, but several newspapers carry the story of his extraordinary gesture today.

The world No 1, who plays his first match here on Tuesday against Aljaz Bedene, would earn £347,000 by making a successful defence of a title he has already won five times. (The status of the tournament has been upgraded, which accounts for the disparity in the winner's purse.) Murray also helped put on a Rally Against Cancer that featured former London Mayor Boris Johnson, Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne and comedian Michael McIntyre.

Arsenal's Spanish defender Hector Bellerin has said he will give £50 for every minute he plays at the European Under-21 Championship in Poland.