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Murray's influence endures through coin toss charity choice

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic pose with Nathan Bullimore before the start of the Gentlemen's Singles Final
by Sarah Edworthy
Sunday 6 July 2014

One of Andy Murray's final acts as reigning Wimbledon men's singles champion was to nominate the charity to benefit from Sunday's coin toss...

The clock is ticking down toward 2pm... and it is a big day, too, for Nathan Bullimore, 12, from Inverness in Scotland who will be performing the coin toss to decide which of the big guns – Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic – will serve first and seize the psychological advantage in the  potentially history-making men’s singles final.

Nathan is representing Action for Children Scotland, a charity that supports the most vulnerable children, young people and families in Scotland to transform their lives. The charity was nominated by the soon-to-be former Wimbledon men’s singles champion, Andy Murray.

Action for Children Scotland delivers 74 community-based services across the country, including short break care for disabled children, groups for young carers, homelessness accommodation and training and employability programmes. The charity has been active in Scotland for more than 50 years, helping thousands of children and young people to reach their potential each year.

Nathan flew down from Scotland to spend two nights in London. Speaking before the coin toss, he said: “I am really looking forward to coming to Wimbledon and I am excited about meeting Djokovic and Federer and doing the coin toss. I have always watched Wimbledon on TV and I can’t believe that I am going to get to walk out on Centre Court!”

Nathan will be assisted in his on-court duties by Andrew Jarrett, Championships’ Referee, and Chair Umpire James Keothavong. After the formalities, he will watch the match with friends, and their day includes lunch and tea in the Competitors’ Restaurant.

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