Lucky day as Murray Bros bag a win
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