Cancer patient, 11, performs Wimbledon coin toss

Andy Murray (left) and Roger Federer
Image caption Roger Federer served first on Centre Court

An 11-year-old who has leukaemia performed the coin toss at this year's Wimbledon men's singles final.

Elijah Ortiz-Herrera, from Clapham, south London, flipped the coin which led to Roger Federer serving first on Centre Court.

Elijah was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2010.

He is representing the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK, a charity which grants wishes to children with life-threatening conditions.

The illness means he has to have a blood test every Monday, chemotherapy once a month, and lumbar punctures every three months.

'Very excited'

He first started watching tennis four years ago, but struggles to play because his physical stamina has suffered due to his treatment.

It will be his first time at Wimbledon and after the coin toss on Centre Court he watched the match with his family, enjoying lunch and tea in the Competitors' Restaurant.

His mother, Catherine, said Elijah was "very excited, happy and overwhelmed" when he found out he would be doing the coin toss at the final.

"He is now just as excited but also feeling a little bit nervous," she said.

Since it was established in 1986, the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK has granted more than 7,800 wishes.

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