London | Sir Andy Murray finally receives knighthood at Buckingham Palace
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Sir Andy Murray has received his knighthood at Buckingham Palace – more than two years after he was awarded the honour.
The knighthood was announced in the 2016 New Year Honours, capping a momentous 12 months which saw him win a second Wimbledon title, retain his Olympic crown, named BBC Sports Personality of the Year for the third time, and finish the season as world number one.
I’d have liked to (have brought) my kids but I think they’re a bit young. I’ll show them the medal when I get home.” Andy Murray
He issued a brief statement about the knighthood after the ceremony, saying: “I’m very proud to receive it. It’s a nice day to spend with my family – my wife and parents are here.
“I’d have liked to (have brought) my kids but I think they’re a bit young. I’ll show them the medal when I get home.”
Sir Andy and wife Kim are the proud parents of three-year-old Sophia Olivia and 18-month-old Edie.
A tearful Sir Andy announced during a press conference at the Australian Open in January that he plans to retire after Wimbledon this year due to the pain in the joint.
But after a monumental five-set tussle with Roberto Bautista Agut, where Sir Andy showed he still has the ability and desire to compete at the top level, he said he would do everything he could to keep playing.
Sir Andy, who celebrated his 32nd birthday on Wednesday, has since had a hip resurfacing operation and begun his rehabilitation.
The Queen’s Club announced last week that a wildcard entry has been reserved for British tennis legend, should he choose to accept it.