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Andy Murray ensured Justin Gimelstob did his bit for the #IceBucketChallenge on Wednesday in Cincinnati as he challenged the ATP Board Member live on air to take the cold plunge in aid of fighting ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).
The #IceBucketChallenge has soaked the United States in the past two weeks, with the ALS Association and its 38 chapters having received $4 million in donations, compared to $1.12 million during the same time period last year.
Murray and his team took the plunge during his training block in Miami post-Wimbledon, with the Scot posting videos of himself and Amelie Mauresmo enduring a bucket of ice being poured over their heads.
After beating Joao Sousa in the second round of the Western & Southern Open, Murray went to the Tennis Channel set and challenged Gimelstob, before dousing him with two buckets of ice, live on air.
“Obviously we witnessed someone going through this right in front of our eyes with Brad Drewett, and it was tough to watch,” said Murray. “It’s a horrible disease. I wasn’t aware of it personally before the situation with Brad, but now there’s been a few cases of it in the tennis the past few years. It’s great to raise awareness for it and hopefully we can raise a lot of money to try and help find a cure.”
ALS is a disease that has affected the tennis family deeply. ATP Executive Chairman & President Brad Drewett passed away on 3 May, 2013, after a short battle with the disease, which has no cure.
Former ATP pro Jerome Golmard is currently fighting the disease, and WTA staff member Angie Cunningham has also been diagnosed. During the Australian Open, Angie and her husband, Pat, who is a friend of Murray’s, launched a campaign ‘Laugh to Cure MND’ to both raise awareness and funding for further research.