Murray to hand back knighthood

By for on

Update: Yep, it was an April Fools. Thanks to those that played along. - Ed
In an unprecedented move for a British sports star, Andy Murray is to hand back the knighthood he received in the New Year’s Honours List.

Since becoming a Sir, Murray has endured a miserable time on court, losing to Novak Djokovic in the final of Qatar, getting dumped out of the Australian Open early by Mischa Zverev and losing in the second round of Indian Wells to Vasek Pospisil.

To make matters worse, Murray is sidelined with an elbow injury that's forced him to miss this week's Miami Masters. The Scot’s sole title success of the year, in Dubai, came against opponents largely from outside the world’s top 20.

Before receiving his knighthood, Murray was outspoken about the honour coming too soon.  After beating Djokovic in the final of the ATP World Tour Finals to clinch the year-end number one spot, he said, “I don't know, I feel like I’m too young for something like that. I am still young and there are still a lot of things that can go wrong. I could still mess up and make mistakes.”

There is no precedent for a knight from the sports world handing back his honour, although certain notable subjects have turned honours down. These include John Lennon, Danny Boyle, Paul Weller and David Bowie.

The move does have a blueprint from outside sport, however. In August last year, Conservative MP Major Narindar Saroop handed back his CBE in disgust at David Cameron’s ‘Dishonour List’ of gongs for cronies and donors.

At a hastily arranged press conference last night, Murray said, “I was obviously flattered to receive the honour, but it’s put intolerable pressure on my shoulders. My game is shot to pieces and this seems like the only way to get it back.”
Haha. Very good.
April 01, 2017, 01:18 AM
By IonaRed

If it helps his tennis, then it's the right thing to do.  But it is a bit surprising  ......
April 01, 2017, 04:52 AM
By moonglow

^ Well he did say at the end of last year that he was concerned that this might adversely affect his game.
April 01, 2017, 05:59 AM
By Aileen

Tee hee Grab. Nice one. Wish it were true!
April 01, 2017, 06:40 AM
By blueberryhill

April Fool
April 01, 2017, 06:50 AM
By Patty666

.......  I forgot it was April Fool's Day!  Rolling Eyes
April 01, 2017, 07:17 AM
By moonglow

   duh lol! Fooled me, forgot it was April Fools Day  lmao
April 01, 2017, 09:53 AM
By ChrisMac

^  Thanks BBH, it's great ! Smile lol
April 01, 2017, 04:38 PM
By moonglow

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