The Shanghai Rolex Masters is thrilled and excited for Andy Murray, our reigning champion, on the amazing honour of him being knighted in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List. He will be Sir Andy Murray.
The prestigious title caps off the most phenomenal year in the 29 year old’s professional life. He won Wimbledon for the second time, he became the Olympic champion for the second time, he won a total of nine titles, reached the Australian and French Open finals, became world No.1, won the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals for the first time and then capped it off by claiming the much sought after year-end world No.1 ranking.
Murray had played down his chances of being knighted a few weeks ago and said: “Obviously it is the highest honour you can get in this country. But I feel like I’m too young for something like that.
“When I win any award or am presented with anything it is nice because it is recognition for what you have given your life to – up to now anyway. I am still young and there are still a lot of things that can go wrong. I could still mess up and make mistakes. I am just trying to keep doing what I am doing, working hard and achieving stuff.”
Murray is the first active tennis player and the youngest male athlete in living memory to receive a knighthood.
And on top of all that no doubt the proudest moment for him was when his daughter was born early in the year.