Don't know if win merits knighthood: Andy Murray
Andy Murray is unsure whether winning Wimbledon makes him worthy of a knighthood.
The Scot returned to the All England Club bleary-eyed on Monday morning after celebrating his stunning 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Novak Djokovic at the Champions’ Ball, and speculation has already started that Murray, who was made an OBE after winning Olympic gold and the US Open last summer, will be knighted in the New Year Honours.
Murray said: “It’s a nice thing to have or be offered. I think just because everyone’s waited for such a long time for this, that’s probably why it will be suggested, but I don’t know if it merits that.”
PM David Cameron, who watched the victory from the Royal Box, said: “It was a fantastic day for Andy Murray, for British tennis and for Britain.” Asked about the possibility of Murray becoming Sir Andy, Mr Cameron added: “Honours are decided independently but, frankly, I can’t think of anyone who deserves one more.”
What the world press said...
> The best things are often those you have to wait a long time for. After 77 years of waiting and disappointments, Great Britain has been able to scream out its delight. ‘Muzz’ comfortably deserved his second grand slam... On his knees and in tears, almost disbelieving, for the first time he had the stature of a future World No 1. This rivalry (with Djokovic) is only just beginning.
— L’Equipe (France)
> Whatever will the British talk about next year at Wimbledon? For 77 years they had Fred Perry and the noble yet clearly star-crossed search for his successor as a conversation starter in the early summer days at the All England Club. But now, in a flurry of booming serves and full-stretch forehand winners, Andy Murray has given them the privilege of moving on.
— New York Times
> For Murray and Great Britain, the wandering in the wilderness is over, the deed done. His victory prompted scenes and celebrations perhaps not seen in the UK since 1966 when England won the soccer World Cup... You imagine that the next time they meet, it will be Djokovic versus Sir Andy.
— Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
No of Briton viewers who watched Sunday’s final between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, according to British Broadcasting Corporation’s figures
Percentage of Britain’s population that tuned in to watch Murray’s victory (the March 2011 census puts the population of United Kingdom at 63,182,200)
No of Briton viewers who watched last year’s Wimbledon final between Murray and Roger Federer, which Murray lost