Andy Murray Knighted in New Year’s Honours
Well, it seemed as though Murray’s year might be getting off to a shaky start. He kicked off Abu Dhabi by losing to David Goffin in Abu Dhabi. Not the ideal omen for things to come, one might say. This could be, however. The Queen’s New Year’s Honours list has come out, and Murray is on it. The list sees Andy Murray knighted, making him one of the youngest people to receive such an honour.
Andy Murray Knighted — The Icing on the Cake
It caps off a 2016 which has seen him win Wimbledon, Olympic gold, the ATP World Tour Finals, and become world number one. A year in which he also smashed his previous total of titles won in a season and posted the best win/loss record of his career. Off the court, he became a father and picked up a record third BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.
Needless to say, it’s been an eventful year for the Scot.
In past, Murray had said that he felt too young to be knighted. Consistency is one of the key pillars of Murray’s success, and he stayed true to his word after his Knighthood. According to The Sun (take that for what it’s worth), Murray still feels too young for such an honour, saying;
I don’t know, I feel too young for something like that. I could still mess up and make mistakes… I am just trying to keep doing what I am doing, working hard, and achieving stuff.
I tend to agree with Murray. Honour’s like knighthoods should go to people for past works. Roger Federer is still competing at the top at the age of 35, so it’s reasonable to assume 29 year old Murray still has some miles left in him. Then again, if Murray retired today I would feel he’s done enough to warrant this honour and, technically, Murray’s Knighthood is for “services to charity”. Presumably he would be as deserving of such an accolade in ten years as he is now.
Unless he robbed Macmillan’s or something.
On the court, Murray followed up the loss to David Goffin with a win over Milos Raonic. This victory secures him a 3rd place finish in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship. Though Murray managed it in straight sets, it’s was anything but easy as the world number 3 took Murray to a tiebreak in the second. That coming after Murray led 5—3. The final score was 6—3, 7—6 (8—6). He may not have won the tournament, but at least Murray can go into the Qatar Exxonmobil Open next week on the back of a win.
So that’s good, too.