Ten­nis thrill

Lucky day as Mur­ray Bros bag a win

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

A Burn­side lad was a lucky mas­cot for the Great Bri­tain Davis Cup team at the week­end.

Ethan El­lor, 8, was picked to per­form the coin toss be­fore the Mur­ray broth­ers’ dou­bles match on Satur­day.

The young­ster at­tended every match in Team GB’s suc­cess­ful run to vic­tory last year.

A young Ruther­glen lad proved to be a lucky mas­cot for the UK’s Davis Cup team at the week­end.

Ethan El­lor, 8, was cho­sen to flip the coin be­fore the third rub­ber be­tween Andy and Jamie Mur­ray and the Ja­panese pair­ing of Yoshi­hito Nish­ioka and Ya­su­taka Uchiyama.

The Dun­blane broth­ers, roared on by a ca­pac­ity crowd in Birm­ing­ham, com­fort­ably beat their op­po­nents at the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons ad­vanced to the quar­ter fi­nals.

Ethan, who stays in Burn­side, was cho­sen hav­ing at­tended every match dur­ing last year’s his­toric run to vic­tory for Team GB.

Af­ter watch­ing Andy Mur­ray hit the win­ning point in the fi­nal against Bel­gium, Ethan’s school, Hutchi­son Grammar, asked his to do a pre­sen­ta­tion on his David Cup ex­pe­ri­ence.

Ethan told Cathie Sabin, pres­i­dent of the Lawn Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion, about his pre­sen­ta­tion and she asked to see it.

She was so im­pressed, she in­vited Ethan to per­form the coin toss on the court be­fore the vi­tal tie.

Ethan’s proud dad, Gareth, is pres­i­dent of Ruther­glen Lawn Ten­nis Club.

He ad­mit­ted it was a huge thrill for his son out on court with Andy and Jamie Mur­ray.

“I think he was ner­vous, when he walked on court there was 9,000 peo­ple watch­ing him and fire­works were go­ing off, but he seemed to cope with it re­ally well.

“He’d been prac­tic­ing the coin toss at the side of the court.

“Nor­mally the um­pire per­forms the coin toss but the LTA wanted a young­ster to do it. I think Ethan’s pre­sen­ta­tion per­fectly cap­tured what they are af­ter in terms of legacy and the spirit of the Davis Cup.”

Ethan was men­tioned on live TV com­men­tary and met up with the likes of for­mer play­ers Sue Barker and An­drew Cas­tle, as well as the Duchess of Glouces­ter. He even got to pose with the fa­mous tro­phy, held by the UK for the first time in eight decades.

And Gareth hopes his son played his part in the coun­try’s most re­cent vic­tory.

“I didn’t even think to ask who had won the coin toss, but when we met the Duchess, she asked and Ethan said Andy had by pick­ing tails.

“An­drew Cas­tle said on TV as he was a Scot­tish boy he must have been bring­ing the Mur­ray’s luck.

“It was an­other bril­liant week­end and the ten­nis on the Sun­day was of an un­be­liev­able qual­ity.”

Team GB will now face Ser­bia later this year for a place in the last four.

He’d been prac­tic­ing the coin toss at the side of the court

Net gain Ethan poses with the play­ers for the of­fi­cial snap Flip side Ethan flips the coin, with Andy Mur­ray cor­rectly pick­ing tails

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