21 Nov

Andy Murray and Roger Federer delight fans with charity match and DOUBLE funds for charity

Andy Murray and Roger Federer delighted tennis fans last week with a charity exhibition match at The SSE Hydro. Andy Murray Live presented by SSE, doubled its funds for UNICEF and Sunny-sid3up compared to 2016, raising over £700,000. 

The match, which was broadcast live on Eurosport and streamed on Facebook, saw Andy and Roger don typical Scottish accessories including a kilt and a See You Jimmy hat, much to the amusement of the crowd.

The venue welcomed 11,000 fans to witness the match, which was followed closely by a doubles match, where Andy and his brother, Jamie, competed against master showman Mansour Bahrami and Tim Henman.

A surprise appearance from firm Scottish television favourites, Victor and Winston from sitcom Still Game, sent the crowd into uproar. After a few points, the comedy veterans were ushered out of the arena. 

The previous night, the arena was used for the events charity fundraising dinner, with hospitality provided by world renowned chef, Albert Roux, OBE KFO and Chez Roux. Celebrity hosts and entertainment included Rob Brydon and Will Young, with Brydon returning to watch the tennis the next evening. 

The monies raised will be split equally between the two charities.

Debbie McWilliams, Head of Live Entertainment Sales and Ticketing, said: “It’s been absolutely fantastic to see this event return for another year and even better to see it raise such a fantastic amount for charity.

“The SSE Hydro is a truly multipurpose venue, and in one month we’ve seen it go from Little Mix concerts to WWE Wrestling and Andy Murray Live all the way back to Little Mix. We are really looking forward to seeing what other events come our way in the future.”

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