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Hutchins sidelined with cancer

British Davis Cup player Ross Hutchins has been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma and will be out of action for the foreseeable future.

The 27-year-old doubles specialist - currently ranked No 31 in the world - revealed the news just hours after Andy Murray had dedicated his triumph in Brisbane on Sunday to the Wimbledon-born player.

Hutchins, who has played in seven Davis Cup ties as a doubles player, tweeted: "Unfortunately I will be away from tennis for a while as I was recently diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma.

"I am doing well, very positive with excellent medical support, friends and family around me. Looking forward to being back on court soon."

Among his most prized possessions is a mens doubles silver medal from the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India.

Hutchins is the son of former Great Britain Davis Cup skipper Paul Hutchins who captained the team during the 1970s and 1980s.

Earlier, in his victory speech after successfully defending his Brisbane International title, Murray said: "I'd like to dedicate this victory to one of my best friends.

"He's back home watching and you're going to get through."