Arise Sir Andy Murray!
Andy Murray was awarded a knighthood in the 2016 New YearÈs Honours list unveiled last night which also includes double Olympic champion Mo Farrah and heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill as a Dame.
Obviously it is the highest honour you can get in this country
The news was no surprise as there has been plenty of speculation that that would be the case ever since he reached the top of the world rankings at the end of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals when he replaced Novak Djokovic as World No1.
Murray is BritainÈs first ever professional tennis player to make No1 though Fred Perry in his heyday in the mid-thirties achieved that as an amateur.
Murray does not chase awards and rarely makes time to receive them if they interfere with his main purpose of winning titles. In some eyes the knighthood which he richly deserves comes too early and perhaps should have been awarded at the end of his playing career. He certainly believes that saying earlier that he was too young for a knighthood adding …obviously it is the highest honour you can get in this country. I don’t know, I feel too young for something like that. I could still mess up and make mistakes … I am just trying to keep doing what I am doing, working hard, and achieving stuff.
At 29 years of age he is one of the youngest individuals to receive knighthood and is just reward for what he has achieved during 2016 and in many ways, is the cherry on top!
During the 12 months during which he won his third grand slam title by winning Wimbledon for a second time, and then retaining his Olympic title by winning gold at the Rio Games. Last December he also led the GB Davis Cup team to victory over Belgium to collect that title for the first time since those halcyon Fred Perry days.
During the latter part of the year he hunted down Djokovic to snatch the world number one ranking off the Serb, eroding away a seemingly insurmountable 8,000 ranking point lead by winning a series of events in an unbeaten run during the last six months of the year.
The year also saw the arrival of his daughter Sophia who was born in February and whom he credits with for providing him with the additional incentive for success.
Murray is currently preparing for the Australian Open, the first grand slam of the year, by playing in an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi, the Mubadala Tennis Championships where he lost for the first time to David Goffin but that will not have any bearing on his points or ranking.
For Murray the next year is one of consolidation to ensure his reign as world number one is not one of the shortest on record.