ROGER FEDERER and Andy Murray raised more than double the amount of money collected for charity last year with the success of their exhibition match earlier this month.
Andy Murray Live, presented by the SSE and set up by the Scot in 2016, raised around £300,000 in its first showing.
But Murray’s charity game in Glasgow this time around saw them raise more than £700,000 with the funds being shared among charities Unicef UK and Govan based Sunny-sid3up.
The event was screened live by Eurosport, while over two-million people watched the action through Facebook Live. In addition to playing Federer, Andy also joined forces with his brother Jamie to take on Tim Henman and Mansour Bahrami in the doubles match.
The contest would be interrupted by a welcomed cameo from Still Game characters Jack and Winston, played by Ford Kiernan and Paul Reilly. The fundraising total was boosted by the addition of a glittering fundraising dinner around the show-court on the eve of the event. Will Young performed live and comedian Rob Brydon acted as MC and auctioneer.
Speaking after the match, Murray said: “It was always really important to me that this event should be for charity and so I’m really pleased we’ve been able to build on the success of last year and more than double what we raised.
“Being able to support children and those in need is really important to me. The money raised will make a real difference in Scotland and around the world.”
Mark Devlin, Unicef UK’s chief operating officer said: “We are incredibly grateful to Andy for his continued support as a Unicef ambassador to help children in danger.
“Right now, children’s lives are at risk from sudden disasters, long running and overlooked conflicts around the world.
“The money raised by Andy and his fans will help Unicef provide life-saving food, clean water and vaccines, as well as education and psychological support for children affected by conflict and disaster around the world.”