Andy Murray hits Ivan Lendl at charity exo, celebrates like he won Wimbledon
The festivities at Queen's Club didn't end after Andy Murray beat Marin Cilic 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 on Sunday to win his third ATP title of the year. After the match, Murray participated in "The Rally Against Cancer," a fundraising exhibition for the Royal Marsden, the hospital at which friend and ATP doubles player Ross Hutchins is being treated for cancer. Murray teamed with Tim Henman to take on Ivan Lendl and Tomas Berdych.
"I honestly want to win this match more than the one we just played," Murray told BBC interviewer Sue Barker after the final. "I have to spend a week with him [Lendl] before Wimbledon, the preparations, and if me and Tim lose to him, he's going to be all over me."
Murray and Lendl had been joking all week about how they intended to train their forehands at each other throughout the match. Murray made good on his promise, nailing Lendl with a swinging forehand volley and letting loose a celebration we have seen from him before, even when he won the U.S. Open or Olympic gold.
"The winning was irrelevant," Murray joked. "I was just happy to hit him. It was a great shot, as well. I hit it so clean, so clean."
“He will be lucky to make it until next Monday,” Lendl joked.
Murray and Henman won the one-set doubles and were then joined by a number of celebrities, including London Mayor Boris Johnson, Virgin CEO Richard Branson, TV host Jonathan Ross and actor Eddie Redmayne, for some more doubles hijinks. Murray accidentally tagged Johnson before apologizing profusely.
Here are more highlights from the event, which raised more than $240,000 for the Royal Marsden Hospital.
Murray: Despite hitting the deck awkwardly during the Queen's final, the Brit hit the turf again to give the crowd a show. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Lendl: Are those platform sneakers??? (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Murray and Henman: This is British tennis. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Andy Murray: Is there no Hawk-Eye for exhibitions? Murray asks the line umpire to check his glasses. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Ivan Lendl: Who says the guy doesn't have a sense of humor? (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Andy Murray: Murray's been trying to nail Lendl with a tennis ball for a while and he finally pulled it off. "Drilling my coach at the net after trying for a year and a half rounded off pretty much the perfect day," he wrote on BBC.com. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Andy Murray and Jonathan Ross: Murray swore off drinking after a bad night in Barcelona as a teenager, but even he's down for a sip of Pimm's, the official drink of the grass-court season. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Boris Johnson: The London mayor went old school with a wooden racket that was more bent out of shape than his hit-face. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)
Eddie Redmayne: No shock that the Les Miserables star looked impossibly cool in his tennis whites. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Ross Hutchins: Lookin' good, Rosco.
The Rally for Cancer gang: A good time was had by all and for a very good cause.