Cancer survivor Hutchins delights in first win on return

Wed Jan 15, 2014 2:15am EST
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(Reuters) - Britain's Ross Hutchins had more than most to smile about on Wednesday after he and partner Colin Fleming advanced to the second round of the men's doubles with a 6-4 4-6 6-0 victory over Marinko Matosevic and Michal Przysiezny.

It was Hutchins' first win since he returned to the ATP circuit after a year of undergoing treatment for cancer.

"It's been sort of a strange 12 months," said the 28-year-old, who missed the 2013 season after he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and underwent several bouts of chemotherapy before he was told in July he was in remission.

"I don't tend to think of it as, 'oh, a year ago I was in hospital'," he added. "I almost think that, 'well, I've still been playing the last six or seven years and I'm back with Colin.

"I did miss the tour a lot, and especially I missed playing with Colin and hanging around with the guys and just seeing the guys that you see week in and week out.

"Doesn't feel like I've missed a year."

Hutchins said one of the hardest aspects of fighting the disease had been when he had hit a low point physically after several rounds of chemotherapy.


"I think normally when you have more chemo is what they say it gets tougher," he said. "So that's when I was probably struggling the most physically and not feeling my best.   Continued...