LONDON — Scottish tennis player and world number one Andy Murray is capping a spectacular year by becoming a Sir.
Murray is to be knighted as part of the 2017 New Year’s Honours, the annual list of titles awarded by the Queen for services in different fields.
Murray is receiving the knighthood, which will make him Sir Andy Murray, for services to tennis and charity. Murray supports charities including Sports Relief, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Unicef UK. Earlier this year Murray raised £305,000 for Unicef and Glasgow charity Young People’s Futures in a charity match.
2016 has been a great year for Murray, who claimed the world number one ranking for the first time in November after beating Novak Djokovic in the ATP Tour Final. He also won Wimbledon for the second time in the summer.
Murray is one of several sports people given honours in the Queen’s annual New Year’s list. Distance runner Mo Farah is also receiving a knighthood for services to athletics. 11-times Paralympic gold medalist equestrian rider Lee Pearson also gets a knighthood and rower Katherine Grainger, the first female Olympian to win five medals at five games, is being made a dame.
Jessica Ennis-Hill, who memorably won gold in the heptathlon at the London 2012 Olympics, is being made a dame.
Married cyclists Jason Kenny and Laura Kenny, nee Trott, both get CBEs. Laura won gold in the Omnium and Team Pursuit events at this year’s Rio Olympics, while Jason took home three gold medals. The pair now have a combined 10 Olympic golds between them after Jason won three at London 2012, and Laura won one.
Another married sporting couple are getting honours: hockey players Kate Richardson-Walsh and Helen Richardson-Walsh have been recognised following Great Britain’s first women’s Olympic hockey gold medal in the summer. Kate is getting an OBE, while Helen gets an MBE.
Paralympic swimmer Ellie Robinson has been awarded an MBE, as has gymnast Max Whitlock.
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