Knighthood ‘too soon’ for Murray

Andy Murray: no knighthood. Picture: PA
Andy Murray: no knighthood. Picture: PA
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SCOTTISH tennis champion Andy Murray will not receive a knighthood in New Year’s Honours List, despite being the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years.

In the wake of the 26-year-old’s historic win at the All England Club in July, Downing Street had said it would recommend Murray be knighted.

However, it has emerged the Dunblane-born star will not have the title bestowed on him as the full list is published this week.

A Whitehall source said: “His name’s not on the list. It’s quite a boring list. You can’t get a second honour so soon after the first.”

The British number one, who was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year, already holds one gong, having been made an OBE in the 2013 Honours list for services to tennis after winning the Olympic and US Open titles in 2012.

At the time of Murray’s Wimbledon victory, Prime Minister David Cameron had lauded him for having “lifted the spirits” of the whole country. When asked whether the Scot should become “Sir Andy”, he replied: “Honours are decided independently but, frankly, I can’t think of anyone who deserves one more.”