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Sir Andy? Murray set for knighthood after his Wimbledon victory

By Emcfarnon  |  Posted: July 08, 2013

Andy Murray yesterday ended Britain's 77-year wait for a men's Wimbledon champion - photo Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

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Andy Murray is tipped for a knighthood and set to be crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year, after his historic Wimbledon win yesterday.

The Scot ended Britain's 77-year wait for a men's champion after a straight-sets victory against Novak Djokovic.

The 26-year-old beat Djokovic 6-4 7-5 6-4 in what Murray described as a brutal match.

According to the Daily Mail, Downing Street sources indicated the Government would pass his name to the Honours Committee because he had matched the achievement of cyclist Bradley Wiggins, who was knighted for winning the Tour de France – Britain’s first victory in the event’s 100-year history.

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Andy Roddick, former world tennis No 1, tweeted: "Pretty sure @andy_murray might have to change his twitter name to @sirandymurray . . . Well played and deserved!"

And the bookies have made Murray a favourite to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year gong.

Murray is 6/1 to be Sir Andy Murray by the start of Wimbledon 2014, and 1/10 to win the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year, says William Hill.

Meanwhile Coral spokesman David Stevens said: “Murray is now an incredible 1-100 favourite to be crowned Sports Personality of the Year - in other words, an absolute certainty, and is odds-on to be knighted.”

Mr Stevens added: “Andy Murray’s name was on tens of thousands of betting slips this weekend, and his victory has given punters the ultimate revenge over the bookies after years of us winning.

“The industry will be paying out millions, perhaps as many as ten, meaning we’ll be paying for the celebrations for days to come”.

Meanwhile the Queen sent a private message to Murray after his win.

The nail-biting match, which took place on Britain's hottest day of the year - the thermometer on Centre Court read 40C – was watched by Prime Minister David Cameron, Victoria Beckham, Wayne and Coleen Rooney, Bradley Cooper and Gerard Butler.

Murray and Djokovic, who were born only a week apart and first played each other as 11-year-olds, went head to head in a contest lasting three hours and 10 minutes.

David Cameron hailed the straight sets victory “an incredible day for British tennis and for Britain”.

Speaking after the match, Serb Djokovic said: “You absolutely deserve this. You played incredible tennis.”

Locals in Murray’s home town of Dunblane revelled in his success, while the man himself attended the Champions Ball at a hotel in London’s Park Lane with girlfriend Kim Sears.

Speaking of his win, Murray said: "Winning Wimbledon is the pinnacle of tennis, the last game almost increased that feeling".

The Scot has won Olympic gold, the US Open and now his second Grand Slam title since losing last year's Wimbledon final.

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  • Sinjis_Things  |  July 17 2013, 12:40AM

    Why is so much fuss made about Murray and 77 years since we had a Wimbledon champion. Have people forgotten that Virginia Wade won the Ladies singles championship in 1977. Or is it a case the being a woman she doesn't count in the eyes of the sexists on here. And while I'm on the subject don't give Murray a knighthood as there are far more deserving people.

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  • bettysenior  |  July 09 2013, 11:50AM

    When it comes to athletic accomplishments, Murray stands out. But the problem with the 'establishment' is that they are so low when it comes to dishing out the gongs. Celebrities and political dog's bodies are always top of their list and where wealth is a handy attribute as well. The problem is that those who really change the world such as revolutionary engineers who are not celebrities or political pawns never get a look in for the so-called top awards. Indeed it is these people who create 'new' wealth for the benefit of all others, not just themselves and the establishment. The honours system is so low when you look into who gets what and where it is to a great extent an extension predominantly of the old boy's network that has gone totally mad. Not so long ago a certain British world renowned engineer who had created the most advanced engineering design tool in the world that has since its inception saved literally millions of lives (through safer buildings, dams, airplanes, cars and trains, etc, etc, etc, was not even thought worthy of a knighthood. It has to be asked, how many lives has Andy saved and all those political cronies that have been given the nation's highest awards? Most probably none if truth be told. This even though his revolutionary work had made the world a far safer place to live, including Britain. Added to this fact when he came to the UK in the war years after British intelligence had rescued him from the Nazis, he determined before D-Day that there were up to 80% structural faults in our military planes at the Royal aeronautical Society (then the government's primary adviser on aircraft designs). God only knows how many of our soldiers lost their lives not through a Nazi bullet, but through unsafe allied aircrafts prior to this engineers intervention, but they must have gone into the tens of thousands at least. Indeed, how many times did we hear in WW2, plane missing in action – but was conflict really the reason? Therefore when D-Day came this insignificant engineer in the eyes of the 'establishment' must have saved the lives of many allied troops (paratroopers especially) prior to D-Day and thereafter. He even determined through his world-leading work that the space shuttle could re-enter the earth's atmosphere safely without the risk of human death (no-one else could determine this) and where he solved the hydraulic landing mechanism (again the only person who could do so at the time) that allowed the 1969 moon landing to take place – without it the moon landing just would not have happened as Armstrong and Aldrin would not have been able to get off the moon's surface and would certainly have died there. But throughout this great engineer's life and where the 'establishment' considered him not worthy for a knighthood, he solved countless problems that have made the world a far better place to live in on the humanitarian side. Was he an engineering genius? Possibly as a further pointer to this was that Einstein's mentor was this engineer's uncle on his mother's side and where recent discovered letters from Constantin Carathéodory to Einstein indicates that Einstein's thinking came from Carathéodory's thinking. Unfortunately the 'establishment' is so low that these people do not register on their radar (Blair and Cameron included) and because they simply are not what the establishment like to promote. The great disaster in all this is that these people actually do change the world for the better unlike generally the people the 'establishment' like to give their 'gongs' too. You see great engineers are not 'vote' catches and that is as far as it goes for them. Therefore give Murray a knighthood but where these national awards aren't worth a great deal in reality anymore. But of course, the 'establishment' thinks very differently here about these establishment awards. Dr David Hill Chief Executive World Innovation Foundation

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  • Rachel_Leics  |  July 08 2013, 4:22PM

    Fair play to him he played excellent :) x

  • TonyLeicester  |  July 08 2013, 11:13AM

    Murray played the best match of his life yesterday. He looked hungry, strong and deserved his win. I am glad for him and he should be prised for what he has achieved to date. 77 Years on hurt is now over!

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  • VRWTUY  |  July 08 2013, 11:05AM

    Knighthood. They gave one to golfer Nick Faldo only years after he had retired, won 6 majors and set up Junior Foundations. He is the greatest british golfer for a 100 years. Andy Murray wins 2 major titles and their immediately thinking of knighting him. Bloomin silly.

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  • jwelshman  |  July 08 2013, 10:16AM

    Great win but like many others I do not think a knighthood is called for. If simply winning something is a reason for a knighthood then why not one for Leigh Halfpenny who scored the majority of the Lions' points?

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  • Selector  |  July 08 2013, 10:07AM

    A fantastic achievement by a brilliant player! Not sure about the knighthood thing yet though - let him play on a while, get to world no.1, retain his Wimbledon crown, and win more grand slams first. He's only 26!

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