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Match made in heaven for blinded Dylan (8)

Sarah Tawton

Published 11/06/2014 | 02:30

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Dylan Martin-Harley with his idol Andy Murray. Photo: Make-a-wish Foundation
Dylan Martin-Harley with his idol Andy Murray. Photo: Make-a-wish Foundation
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07:  Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a forehand during the Gentlemen's Singles Final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Andy Murray in action at Wimbledon

An eight-year-old tennis fan has been given the chance to play against his idol Andy Murray.

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Dylan Martin-Harley met the Wimbledon champion at Queen's Club thanks to Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Dylan, from Windsor in England, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in April 2013 and underwent surgery the day after his diagnosis.

He lost the sight in his left eye and was left with tunnel vision in his right.

Make-A-Wish arranged for Dylan to travel to west London with his family in a limousine.

When they arrived at Queen's Club, they were greeted by Murray's Davis Cup team-mate Ross Hutchins, before Dylan took to the court with his hero.

Murray said: "I have met a few Make-A-Wish children over the years and I always find it an inspiring experience.

"It was great to meet Dylan and his family. He is a great little tennis player and had me running all over the court and even finished up with a winner down the line!"

Dylan's mum Jane said: "The wish was fantastic and it was amazing to see Dylan hitting with Andy.

"Tennis has played a huge part in keeping us going throughout Dylan's treatment, so today has meant so much to us all.

"Andy Murray inspires Dylan to be strong both on and off the court. The wish has been such a positive, uplifting experience; words can't describe how great it was for Dylan to meet his idol."

Dylan is currently on an 18-month chemotherapy programme and is being monitored to ensure his brain tumour does not grow.

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