As Aileen has explained, Andy wouldn't be obliged to accept any honour offered. Basically, all that happens is that Downing Street sends a letter to the would-be recipient asking if they would be prepared to receive whatever honour it might be. It's just a case of sending a form back saying yes or no apparently - according to Sir Cliff Richard that is, who I'm a big fan of. He got his Knighthood for years of charity work.
I'd love Andy to receive an honour because what he has done is special. At the risk of reinventing the wheel, over the last couple of months or so Andy has become the first British male tennis player in 74 years to reach a Wimbledon final. He is the first in 104 years to get an Olympic gold medal, and now he is the first for 76 years to win a major tournament. That is remarkable.
Andy receiving some sort of honour would, to my mind, be an acknowledgement from our country of his immense talent and dedication to hard work over many years. Now, to be fair, I don't remember Fred Perry playing, hopefully that is obvious
, but as far as I can see Andy is the most talented player Britain has ever had, certainly in the modern era, and that isn't meant to be disrespectful to Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski. I think they would be the first to agree to be honest. I think Andy's talent and his natural way of coming across makes him the ideal British player to attract youngsters in to watching tennis, which could then lead to a lot of them giving it a try.
For me Andy is the ideal candidate for something like the M.B.E or the O.B.E. I think the knighthood can wait until he is a little bit older, maybe when/if he is coaching our potential slam winners of the future.