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David Cameron calls for Murray to be knighted

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Murray receives Cameron's backing to be knighted  (©GettyImages)
Murray receives Cameron's backing to be knighted (©GettyImages).

David Cameron says that Wimbledon champion Andy Murray deserves a knighthood after becoming the first British man to win the title since Fred Perry in 1936. 

Murray defeated the World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets yesterday to win the title in front of a star-studded crowd, including the Prime Minister himself.

Cameron said that "it was a fantastic day for Andy Murray, for British tennis and for Britain", and that the triumph had "lifted the spirits of the whole country".

Cameron has nothing to do with the awarding of such honours but backed Murray for the gong. 

Individuals are nominated for their achievements by members of the public and then an independent panel decides whether they are worthy of an honour and what level it should be.

Murray was awarded an OBE in the year’s New Year’s honours list after an outstanding 2012 in which he won the Olympic gold medal in the singles and silver in the mixed doubles with Laura Robson. 

He was runner-up at Wimbledon to seven-time champion Roger Federer, and, best of all, won his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open in New York.

Murray was quick to play down Cameron’s suggestion, claiming: "It's a nice thing to have or be offered but I don't know if it merits that."

Modest as ever, Murray said: "I think just because everyone's waited for such a long time for this, that's probably why it will be suggested." 

Murray also said in the interview with BBC Breakfast that he had only managed to squeeze in one hour’s sleep since his victory.

The tennis star would not be the first high-profile sportsman to be awarded a knighthood in recent years after the successes of cyclists Chris Hoy - who was at Wimbledon to watch his fellow Scot’s victory yesterday - and Bradley Wiggins. 

Seventeen million people were thought to have watched the match on television and it is hoped that the landmark victory can inspire a new generation of British tennis stars.

"All of our clubs and local authorities have been working very hard to make sure tennis is open, accessible and very cheap," said tennis Scotland chief executive David Marshall.

About the possibility of a knighthood for Murray, Mr Cameron, who watched the match from the Royal Box with leader of the opposition Ed Milliband and SNP leader Alex Salmond, said: "I can't think of anyone who deserves one more."  

 

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