18-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova, Anne Keothavong, Tim Henman and Jamie Murray will play in an exhibition match on finals day of the Aegon Classic on Sunday 15th June as British Tennis stages a second Rally Against Cancer charity event – ‘Rally For Bally’.
Former British No. 1, Elena Baltacha, or ‘Bally’ as she is known, revealed recently that she had been diagnosed with liver cancer. The match at the Aegon Classic is part of a bigger ‘Rally For Bally’ event which will see three mixed doubles matches take place – one each on finals day at the Aegon Championships at The Queen’s Club, here at the Aegon Classic and another ahead of the Aegon International in Eastbourne.
All proceeds from the events will be split equally between the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis.
Judy Murray, the Great Britain Fed Cup captain, said: “Everyone in tennis knows and loves Bally and wants to help her, and sadly everyone’s life is touched by cancer at some stage, whether personally or through friends and family. The Royal Marsden helps so many people in that situation. Bally set up her charity to help kids from disadvantaged backgrounds learn to play tennis, which says a lot about her. It will mean the world to her to know that is being supported as well.”
Martina Navratilova, who battled and overcame breast cancer in 2010, said: “Cancer is an opponent that we all must fight against. My thoughts are with Elena and what she must be going through at this time. It is great that the tennis world is coming together to support her, and to rally against cancer.” Martina won here in Edgbaston in 1989 and 1991, returning in 2011 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the tournament.
Speaking about the tournament and the atmosphere at Edgbaston Priory Club Martina said: “This is the perfect place to play tennis. The people could not have done more to make me feel welcome.”
Members of Edgbaston Priory Club may purchase their exclusive discounted tickets direct from the Club. A booking form may be picked up from Reception or downloaded from the members’ area of the website.
For information on tickets sales for members for the public visit www.aegonclassic.co.uk
To Donate now:www.justgiving.com/RallyForBally Or, text “EBAL60 £10” to 70070, to make, for example, a £10 donation via your mobile phone. For more details on the Rally For Bally click here