Tennis-loving eight-year-old takes on Andy Murray thanks to Make-A-Wish Foundation

Tennis-loving eight-year-old takes on Andy Murray thanks to Make-A-Wish Foundation

Francis Batt

Tennis-loving eight-year-old takes on Andy Murray thanks to Make-A-Wish Foundation

A brave eight-year-old with only partial vision in one eye after a brain tumour operation has achieved a dream ambition - playing tennis with Andy Murray.

Dylan Martin-Harley, of Duke Street, Windsor, was diagnosed just over a year ago. He is currently on an 18-month chemotherapy programme.

He often plays pretend tennis matches with legendary tennis champion Andy Murray as his 'opponent'.

So when he was asked to make a wish by the charity Make-A-Wish Foundation UK he chose to challenge Andy Murray to a hit around on court.

Dylan, his mum Jane, 43, dad Scott, 50 and big brother Jack, 20, travelled in a limousine to the Queens Club in London on Monday.

Dylan then took to the court with Andy, where he impressed the Wimbledon champion with his shots. 

Andy Murray said: “I have met a few Make-A-Wish children over the years and I always find it an inspiring experience. It was great to meet Dylan and his family today.  He is a great little tennis player and had me running all over the court and even finished up with a winner down the line.”   

Andy later put details on his website.

Dylan’s mum Jane said: “The wish was fantastic and it was amazing to see Dylan hitting with Andy. Tennis has played a huge part in keeping us going throughout Dylan’s treatment, so today has meant so much to us all.”

Dad Scott said: "Dylan was enjoying a hit up with Andy for nearly 10 minutes. It was a fabulous little session."

There are currently 20,000 children and young people in the UK fighting a life-threatening condition. This year, Make-A-Wish hopes to grant 900 wishes and need to raise £7m to continue granting wishes in the future.  

Make-A-Wish receives no Government funding – so every donation really does count.   To make a donation please visit www.make-a-wish.org.uk or telephone 01276 40 50 60.

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