Andy Murray Officially Receives Knighthood

Andy Murray has officially received knighthood in recognition of his decorated career in tennis.

Murray was decorated by Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, at the Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.

The Scot, who was honoured due to achievements in his tennis career, in which he won three Grand Slams and several other titles, said he wished his two daughters had been there to witness the occasion.

He issued a statement after receiving the knighthood, speaking about his family.

He said, “I’m very proud to receive it. It’s a nice day to spend with my family – my wife and parents are here.”

“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.”

His career-defining moment came in the summer of 2013, when he ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a male singles champion at Wimbledon.

The knighthood was announced in the 2016 New Year Honours, capping a glorious 12 months, which saw him win a second Wimbledon title, retain his Olympic crown, named BBC Sports Personality of the Year for the third time, and finish the season as world number one.

Recipients are allowed to choose when to collect their honour and Murray’s delay is thought to be due to his busy overseas playing schedule. But he had battled a career-threatening hip problem in two years, which almost ended his career.

He announced during a press conference at the Australian Open in January, that he plans to retire after Wimbledon this year due to the pain in his joint.

But he is said to still nurture the desire to play, despite an opening round defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut at the tournament.

He has undergone a hip resurfacing operation and begun his rehabilitation since then.

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