After finishing the year as world No 1 Andy Murray has said that he is far too young to be considered for a knighthood.
Murray defeated Novak Djokovic at the ATP World Tour Finals in order cap off the best year of his career to date. The season saw him win a second Wimbledon title, become the first man to win successive Olympic gold medals and end the year with 24 victories in a row, enough for him to displace Djokovic from the No 1 spot.
Murray has already been awarded an OBE, after winning his first Wimbledon title in 2013, but some are calling for him to be given a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours list.
However, Murray thinks that now is not the time, “It’s the highest honour you can get in this country. But I don’t know, I feel like too young for something like that. I don’t think about that stuff much, really. 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.”
He said that he is still young and there is still a lot of things that can go wrong. Instead he said he will just try to keep doing what he is doing, work hard and achieve more.
Murray took the No 1 spot two weeks ago but he had to outperform Djokovic in London to keep the ranking over the winter months. He achieved this by beating players ranked No 7 (Marin Cilic), No 5 (Kei Nishikori), No 3 (Stan Wawrinka), No 4 (Milos Raonic) and No 2 (Djokovic).
Speaking about the past season Murray said, “I’ve enjoyed the last five or six months the most I have in my entire career. That is probably because I have won a lot, so I want to keep going.”