Andy Murray is now a knight
2016 was a great year for Sir Andy Murray, bringing a Wimbledon Championship, Olympic Gold, and the coveted World #1 Ranking. His last four matches of 2016 involved defeating world numbers 5, 4, 3, and 2 — quite an imposing statement. It is hard to believe such an impressive year could be made any better, but December 31st brought just that.
This Saturday, Queen Elizabeth II knighted Sir Andy Murray, along with several other sports legends. Sir Andy is now the only active tennis player to carry the OBE (Order of the British Empire) title. At 29, he is also Britain’s youngest knight.
Murray only the second tennis player to receive knighthood. The only other player was Sir Norman Brookes in 1939. The Australian World War I veteran claimed 7 Grand Slam trophies along with five Davis Cup titles.
Sir Andy has been very modest about the honor, saying to “just call me Andy.” When asked about the possibility of knighthood in November, Murray stated he felt too young for the Queen to select him, and that “there’s still a lot to go wrong.”
“What a way to finish the year, honored to be given a knighthood.” Sir Andy posted on his facebook page. “2016 has been incredible.”
Murray is currently training in Abu Dhabi, gearing up for the first Grand slam of the year. The Australian Open begins January 16th in Melbourne.