Sir Andy Murray is planning to donate his entire prize money here at Queen’s Club this week to the families who lost everything in the Grenfell Tower disaster. It is understood that the world No 1 will hand over his cheque, which could be as much as £346,000 if he wins his sixth title on these lawns on Sunday, to the victims of one of Britain’s worst peacetime fires, in which at least 79 people are known to have died.
As is customary for Murray, he seeks no publicity for the gesture. He has attached himself to several causes, not least last weekend’s ‘Great Get Together’ to honour the memory of murdered Labour MP Jo Cox, and expects nothing in return. But the Grenfell tragedy has affected him deeply, to the point where he intends to use his appearance at Queen’s – which lies just two miles from the burnt-out tower block – to contribute to the relief effort. Several firefighters who attended the inferno work at Queen’s every year as casual staff.
It is not the first time that Murray has turned this spectacle into a platform for charitable endeavour. In 2013, he donated his Queen’s winnings to the Royal Marsden Hospital, where his friend Ross Hutchins was then being treated for cancer. He also helped stage a Rally Against Cancer that featured Boris Johnson, actor Eddie Redmayne and comedian Michael McIntyre. When it was confirmed that Murray would receive a knighthood last December, the citation read “for services to tennis and to charity”.