Tennis superstar Andy Murray is rounding off an incredible year by being given a Knighthood in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours.
Murray has already won a second Wimbledon title this year, as well as an Olympic gold medal, ending the year as World No1. And now, he has finished 2016 by being named among those set to be made a “Sir”. In previous interviews, Murray has said he thought he was too young at 29 to be knighted, but it seems the Queen did not agree.
He is one of a large number of high profile sports starts to be recognised by Her Majesty. As well as Murray, long distance runner Mo Farah and paralympic games equestrian athlete Lee Pearson have also been knighted. Meanwhile, track and field star Jessica Ennis-Hill and rower Katherine Grainger will be able to call themselves Dame.
Nice way to start the New Year
Murray will have known about the honour for some time now, but will have been told by the Palace to keep it secret. However, he was finally about to speak out about the news at an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi, where he beat rival Milo Raonic 6-3, 7-6. He said: “I still feel like Andy Murray – that feels more normal – but I am happy with the knighthood and it is a nice way to start the new year.”
According to Murray, while he recognises it is a huge honour to receive a Knighthood, he will ask Wimbledon not to use “Sir Andy” on scoreboards and club literature, as he feels it would make him uncomfortable.
Murray, and his fans, will be hoping that the Knighthood gives him a boost when he begins the new ATP Tour season in Doha next week before he heads onto the Australian Open to defend is World Ranking. Murray will particularly want to win in Australia as, while he has come runner up on a number of occasions, he has never won the title there.