Arise Sir Andy!
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Andy Murray has been knighted in the New Year Honours List.
The 29-year-old double Wimbledon champion and double Olympic gold medallist has had an unforgettable 2016, that also saw him become the first Brit to end a year as World No.1, be the flag-bearer for Team GB in Rio, become BBC Sports Personality of the Year on a record third occasion – as well as become a father for the first time!
The Honours List “represents the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people who exemplify the very best of Britain” and Andy has received the award for services to tennis and charity, the latter for his work as a Unicef ambassador.
Andy, who is now being lauded as this country’s greatest ever sportsman, was awarded an OBE in 2012 but only recently said that he felt too young to receive a knighthood!
Wheelchair tennis World No.1 Gordon Reid has also been honoured. The 25-year-old Paralympian who won gold in Rio has been awarded an MBE.
There is recognition too for Lawn Tennis Association Tournament Director Paul Hutchins. The 70-year-old former Davis Cup captain and head of British men’s tennis has been awarded an MBE for services to tennis.
Further afield, Lianne Tapson, who chairs Grantham Tennis Club, has been awarded an MBE for services to sport and the community in Lincolnshire.
To Andy, Gordon, Paul and Lianne – a huge congratulations from everyone at the Lawn Tennis Association!