AGES of congratulations to British No1 Andy Murray on his Wimbledon triumph came from high-profile Britons including the Queen, former England captain David Beckham and recently retired former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
However, Prime Minister David Cameron’s call for Murray to be awarded a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours list has been shrugged off by the boy from Dunblane.
Murray became Britain’s first male winner at Wimbledon since 1936 on Sunday with a 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 victory over world No1 Novak Djokovic.
And Cameron, who watched the final from the Royal Box on Centre Court alongside his mother Mary, said: “Honours are decided independently but, quite frankly, I can’t think of anyone who deserves one more. It was a fantastic day for Andy Murray, British tennis and Britain. He lifted the spirits of the whole country.”
However Murray, awarded an OBE following his US Open and Olympic wins in 2012, is not convinced his achievement is worthy of such an honour.
“I don’t know if it merits that,” he 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.”
Murray joined parents Judy and William at a special reception held in his honour at No10 Downing Street yesterday.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband were also in attendance, alongside Scottish National Party’s Angus Robertson.
THE PRICE OF SUCCESS: THE NUMBERS BEHIND NEW WIMBLEDON CHAMPION ANDY MURRAY
Total prize money accumulated from singles and doubles events since turning professional in 2005
Minimum projected earnings for 2013, following victory at Wimbledon. A significant increase on the £6.3m he pocketed in 2011.
Prize money won in 2013. Murray has won four titles this year at Brisbane, Miami, Queen’s and SW19
The Wimbledon winner’s cheque. Up £450,000 from 2012. Murray was runner-up last year to Roger Federer and earned £575,000