Wednesday 24 January 2018

Murray: 'A knighthood would be nice'

Andy Murray has said a knighthood would be a "nice thing to have" after British Prime Minister David Cameron fuelled speculation 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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