Andy Murray’s biggest worry about winning a grand slam was how much his life would change, and he tonight laughed off talk of a knighthood as “a bit rash” after triumphing at the US Open.
Murray became the first British man in 76 years to win a grand slam singles title at the US Open when he beat Novak Djokovic over five sets.
The Scot’s odds of becoming BBC Sports Personality of the Year have been slashed but the 25-year-old is not expecting to be made Sir Andy Murray any time soon.
He said: “A lot of my friends have been messaging me about it and I don’t really know what to say. I think it should take more than one or two good tournaments to deserve something like that. It would probably be a bit rash.”
The final finished after 2am British time but many people in Murray’s home town of Dunblane and across the country stayed up to watch and celebrate the Scot’s success.
He received messages of congratulations from Prime Minister David Cameron among others, and he admits the reaction he will get when he arrives home today is something he cannot yet imagine.
Murray said: “All of that will probably hit me when I go back. It’s something that will probably take a bit of getting used to. It’s not something I’ve always been that comfortable with.
“I spoke to (coach) Ivan (Lendl) a couple of times during the year and he asked me, ‘What worries you?’.
“And I said that I worry what might happen if I win a major, how my life might change, because I want it to be the same.
“He said he felt the same thing but all that happens is you get more people congratulating you and you get nicer tables in restaurants and to play on all the good golf courses for free.”
Murray’s US Open triumph came five weeks after he avenged his Wimbledon final defeat by Roger Federer to win Olymp
ic gold, at the time the biggest victory of his career.
It was fitting the 25-year-old should top that just hours after Britain's Olympic and Paralympic athletes were saluted with a parade around the streets of London, attended by hundreds of thousands of people.