Veröffentlicht: 31 December 2016 Saturday, 05:41 AM
London (SID) - Great honor for tennis superstar Andy Murray: The Scotsman is to receive the Knights` Order of the United Kingdom at the beginning of 2017 and is thereby elevated to the aristocracy. In addition to Murray, the four-time Olympic athletes Mo Farah and Para-Reiter Lee Pearson are knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. Jessica Ennis Hill (athletics) and Katherine Grainger (rowing) are placed in the rank of "lady".
A few weeks ago Murray had explained in an interview that he still felt "too young" for a title as "sir". The 29-year-old had triumphed for the second time at the Grand Slam tournament in Wimbledon last year, before he also repeated his Olympics victory in London 2012 in Rio de Janeiro. At the end of the year, he also replaced Serbian Novak Djokovic at the top of the tennis World Cup.
Among the British athletes before the Quintett around Murray, among others, football world champion Bobby Charlton, coach legend Alex Ferguson as well as golfer Nick Faldo and sailor Ben Ainsley had received the Ritterorden.
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