Friday 20 October 2017

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray attends Downing Street reception

Wimbledon winner Andy Murray leaves 10 Downing Street, London. Photo: PA
Wimbledon winner Andy Murray leaves 10 Downing Street, London. Photo: PA
Andy Murray's Mother Judy arrives at 10 Downing Street, London. Photo: PA
Andy Murray's father Will Murray arriving at 10 Downing Street, London. Photo: PA
Wimbledon winner Andy Murray joins (from left) Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Prime Minister David Cameron, labor leader Ed Miliband and SNP Westminster leader Angus Robinson during a cross-party reception in the garden of Downing Street. Photo: PA
Prime Minister David Cameron greets Wimbledon winner Andy Murray outside 10 Downing Street before attending a cross-party reception in the garden, Downing Street, London. Photo: PA

WIMBLEDON champion Andy Murray was given a round of applause as he entered Downing Street to meet Prime Minister and keen tennis fan David Cameron.

The 26-year-old Scotsman was cheered as he entered Downing Street for a special reception held in his honour.

The Dunblane native swapped his tennis whites for a sharp suit for the occasion.

His mother Judy and father William also attended.

He later Downing Street, accompanied by his manager Simon Fuller. Fuller also manages David and Victoria Beckham, and is the creator of long-running ratings juggernaut ‘American Idol’ in the US.

Earlier today, when asked about a knighthood, modest Andy Murray has said it would be a "nice thing to have”.

Speculation is growing that it’s only a matter of time before Murray is knighted as Mr Cameron has hinted that the Wimbledon champion would be recommended for the honour.

The Prime Minister said Murray "lifted the spirits of the whole country" after he became the first Briton to win the men's singles title for 77 years.

He said honours were decided independently but added: "I can't think of anyone who deserves one more."

However Murray, 26, modestly questioned whether he deserved such an accolade.

"I think it's a nice thing to have or be offered," he said.

"I think just because everyone's waited for such a long time for this, that's probably why it'll be suggested, but I don't know if it merits that. I don't know."

The Prime Minister, who watched the straight-sets victory from the Royal Box, said: "It was a fantastic day for Andy Murray, for British tennis and for Britain.

"I think he lifted the spirits of the whole country.

"We were wondering yesterday morning 'Do we dare to dream that this is possible?' and he proved absolutely that it was."

Asked about the possibility of Murray becoming Sir Andy, Mr Cameron, a keen tennis fan, added: "Honours are decided independently but, frankly, I can't think of anyone who deserves one more."

A weary-looking Murray arrived at the All England Club this morning after little more than an hour's sleep following the Wimbledon Champion's Ball last night.

He put in a two-hour appearance at the party but said he would go out with his team tonight to "celebrate properly".

The British number one has been inundated with messages of support since claiming the coveted trophy which eluded him for so many years.

Among those who offered their congratulations were former England skipper David Beckham and former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

Murray, 26, said he and Beckham had exchanged messages during the Grand Slam: "He was just getting back from Singapore and he called me this morning... just to say 'Well done, congrats and enjoy it'."

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