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Lawn Tennis Writers honour Murray, Marray, Federer

Judy Murray with LTWA Chairman Barry Millns
by Alexandra Willis
Wednesday 5 December 2012

The Lawn Tennis Writers' Association has honoured Andy Murray, Jonny Marray and Freddie Nielsen, and Roger Federer at their annual awards lunch at the All England Club. 

Marray and Nielsen, who shocked the tennis world with their wild card triumph in the Gentlemen's Doubles title at The Championships, were congratulated on their efforts, with Marray accepting two tankards on his and his former partner's behalf. 

Murray, the first male British Grand Slam singles champion since Fred Perry in 1936, was awarded the annual Services to British Tennis award, recognising of his triple achievements in reaching the Wimbledon final, winning the Olympic gold medal, and then breaking his Grand Slam duck in such style at the US Open. 

While Murray thanked the media in a recorded message, it was mother Judy who accepted the award on his behalf. Thanking the British media for their positive support, Judy also mentioned that the criticisms too were one of the things that has always motivated her son to work even harder. 

The organisation's International award was bestowed upon 2012 Gentlemen's Singles champion Roger Federer, who won his seventh Wimbledon singles title and 17th Grand Slam singles title at this year's Championships, and went on to break Pete Sampras's record for most total weeks as the world No.1. In a recorded message, Federer conveyed his gratitude and hope that it would continue for years to come, while AELTC Chairman Philip Brook collected the award on his behalf. 

The LTWA was also delighted to welcome British players Anne Keothavong, Elena Baltacha, Ross Hutchins, Colin Fleming, Josh Goodall, all of whom joined Marray at the lunch alongside various greats and former greats of the tennis media world. 

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