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Murray: I don't deserve knighthood yet

ESPN staff
January 1, 2013
Andy Murray insists he does not deserve a knighthood yet © PA Photos

Olympic and US Open champion Andy Murray has insisted he did not deserve to be awarded a knighthood in the recent New Year Honours list.

Murray was named an OBE by the Queen, following a 2012 campaign that saw him claim Olympic gold at Wimbledon and then end Great Britain's 76-year wait for a grand slam victory at Flushing Meadows.

With the likes of Bradley Wiggins and Ben Ainslie receiving knighthoods it had been suggested that the Scot had been unfairly overlooked, but Murray insisted that he needs to win a few more grand slams before he deserves to become a 'Sir'.

"You need to do a lot, for a long time, to deserve an honour like that," Murray said. "A lot of the sportsmen and women have been given that just because their sport isn't necessarily in the spotlight all the time, it's easy to forget what they've done for 10, 15 years.

"I mean, some of them have won 10 gold medals in world championships, four or five Olympic medals and have been doing it for years.

"I've only been doing it for a couple of years so I think I'll definitely need to win a few more matches and have more tournaments to have a chance of getting that."

Murray, who is at the Brisbane International this week in preparation for the forthcoming Australian Open, insists life has not changed too much for him since his defining victory in New York.

"The few weeks afterwards around the Olympics time and the US Open, I got a few upgrades on flights and things like that, which is nice, but that's died down a little bit over the last few months," he said.

"Life hasn't changed too much. Obviously the few weeks afterwards were very busy. Then once you start travelling and playing tournaments again, and get back into the routine of training and practising, it hasn't really changed that much, to be honest, which has been nice."

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