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Queen's Club to host rally

Queen's Club will stage a second Rally Against Cancer this summer, and Andy Murray hopes Elena Baltacha will get involved.

The charity fundraiser that followed the 2013 AEGON Championships final was the brainchild of Ross Hutchins, who underwent six months of chemotherapy last year after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Hutchins' good friend Murray played in a doubles match with Tim Henman against coach Ivan Lendl and Tomas Berdych before various celebrities took to the court.

The event raised more than 275,000 for the Royal Marsden Hospital, where Hutchins received treatment.

The 29-year-old British Davis Cup player was told he was in remission in July and returned to action at the start of this season.

But on Friday, Baltacha, a long-time British No 1 who retired in November, announced she, too, is battling the disease after being diagnosed with liver cancer.

Murray has known Baltacha since they were young children in Scotland, and she remains very close to his mother Judy.

There had been no indication Rally Against Cancer was anything but a one-off, but Murray revealed another edition is already being planned, and he hopes it can help Baltacha in the same way it did Hutchins.

He said: "If there's anything I could do - I'm sure any of the guys on the tour and the girls, if there's anything we could do that could help, we would.

"I'm sure this year when we do the Rally Against Cancer at Queen's, that's something that would definitely be great to get Elena involved in at an early stage.

"I believe that helped Ross a little bit as well so maybe that would be a nice thing to do."