Ross Hutchins has paid tribute to the support given to him by Andy Murray as he battles with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Hutchins, who is a close friend of the Scot and one of his British Davis Cup team-mates, said no-one had been stronger for him than the Wimbledon semi-finalist.
“I’ve been close with Andy for 15 years, or something,” he told ITV’s Daybreak programme.
“He’s been very supportive for me. He’s been like a rock for me. He’s one of my closest friends, we go back a long way and he’s been with me (every) step.
“Hopefully, we’re through the worst of it and through all the chemotherapy, and we can move forward with the rest of my life and hopefully get back on court.”
Hutchins went on to praise Murray’s ability to separate his sporting and personal life.
“He doesn’t look like he’s fazed by anything. It seems like he can put things aside – when he’s on the court and when he’s off the court – he can switch away from tennis,” Hutchins said.
“He’s been a huge support and there hasn’t been anyone who has been stronger for me and someone who I can rely on any more than him.”
Last month, Murray donated his £73,000 prize money from winning the Aegon Championships at Queen’s to the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, which has been treating Hutchins.