It was an honorable day for tennis star Andy Murray when he received his knighthood from Prince Charles on May 16.
The British tennis star and two-time SW19 champion was named in the Queen’s New Year Honours in 2016 and was officially knighted on May 16 this year by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace for his services to tennis and Wimbledon heroics.
It was announced that the Scot would be knighted in December 2016 when Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year’s Honours list was released. The recognition was given to Murray for his services to tennis and Wimbledon.
The former World No. 1 has also earned an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empires (OBE) medal from his royal highness Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, in October 2013 after winning his first Wimbledon crown.
Andy Murray receives knighthood by Prince Charles (Source: The Sun)
Murray who holds 45 career titles, three Grand Slams, and two Olympic gold medals, received his knighthood alongside author Sir Philip Pullman for his services to literature. Meanwhile, the Dunblane ace has given the strongest hint that he is ready to return to the tennis circuit this year.
“I’m very proud to receive it. It’s a nice day to spend with my family; my wife and parents are here,” Murray said in a statement. “‘I’d have liked to have brought my kids but I think they’re a bit young. I’ll show them the medal when I get home.”
Andy’s mom Judy also took to Twitter to share the news of her son being ‘knighted’.
Britain’s No1 tennis star says he remains ‘pain-free’ almost four months after his career-saving hip-resurfacing operation. The Scot was seen hitting the balls in a stationary position last month at Wimbledon as he continues his rehab.
Now, Wimbledon chiefs will consider bending their rules to allow Murray enough time to be fit for this summer’s tournament.
The draw takes place on June 28 and the championships begin on July 1. The Scot, who missed last year’s Wimbledon through injury, is on the entry list for Queen’s, which starts on June 17.
Andy won his first Wimbledon title in 2013, ending Britain’s 77-year wait for a male singles champion at the grass-court Grand Slam.