Tennis star Andy Murray shortlisted for knighthood

Tennis star Andy Murray shortlisted for knighthood
Andy Murray’s achievements over the past 12 months have landed him a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours list.

The Brit enjoyed the finest season of his career in 2016, landing a second Wimbledon title, Olympic gold and the year-end world No 1 ranking for the first time.

He also reached the finals of the Australian and French Opens, and won a total of nine titles over the course of the year.

Calls for Murray, who was made an OBE four years ago, to receive a knighthood have been growing all year and reached a peak after his remarkable end to the season.

Tennis star Andy Murray shortlisted for knighthood

The Scot won successive titles in Beijing, Shanghai, Vienna and Paris before defeating Novak Djokovic in the final of the ATP World Tour Finals at London’s O2 Arena to pip the Serbian to the year-end number one ranking.

Murray, who two weeks ago became the first person to be named BBC Sports Personality of the Year for a third time, is the first British tennis player to receive a knighthood or a damehood.

The sport’s only previous recipient was Sir Norman Brookes, an Australian player who was knighted for public service long after the end of his career in 1939.

Murray’s honour also recognises his charity work. He is involved with a number of charities, including Unicef, the WWF and Malaria No More.

SELECTED AWARD WINNERS

KNIGHTHOOD

Mo Farah

Andy Murray

Lee Pearson

DAMEHOOD

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Katherine Grainger

CBE

Sophie Christiansen

Charlotte Dujardin

Jason Kenny

Laura Kenny

Nick Skelton

OBE

Nicola Adams

Ed Clancy

Chris Coleman

Jody Cundy

John Gosden

Kate Richardson-Walsh

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