by Andy Grozier
It may be only a matter of time but as of right now Andy Murray has said he is still too young for a knighthood.
The 29 year old ensured that he ends 2016 as World Number One in the tennis rankings on Sunday after beating Novak Djokovic in straight sets. His win has had some calling for the man from Dunblane to be invited to Buckingham Palace for the highest honour in the land.
Following the match on Sunday, Murray was dismissive of the calls, saying he doesn’t focus much on these things;
“I don’t think much about that stuff really. When I win any award or am presented with anything it is nice because it is recognition for what you have given your life up to – up to now anyway.
“I am just trying to keep doing what I’m doing, working hard and achieving stuff.”
A number of celebrities have lined up in support of a Sir Andy with Alan Sugar and Chris Evans calling for the Knighthood. Even former World Number One Roger Federer made hints in his tweet congratulating Murray on reaching top spot:
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) November 20, 2016
Murray, who already has an OBE to his name, is also the bookies favourite to win the BBC’s sports personality of the year award. If the Scot does win he would become the first British athlete to win the award three times.
Andy though doesn’t expect to even make it to the ceremony on the 18th of December, with a busy month ahead;
“I’ve got my father’s stag do next weekend, then he is getting married the following weekend. So I will go up to Scotland on Saturday, come back down to London for four or five days then come back up to Scotland. Then I go to Miami the day after my dad’s wedding.”
Murray will have some stiff competition for the prize, with Olympic athletes Alistair Brownlee, Mo Farah and Laura Trott all in competition.