Murray Receives OBE Honor
December 29, 2012
In a year of surprise and success on the tennis courts, Andy Murray has achieved one additional accomplishment in 2012 – and in another type of court. Murray has been named an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours List of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Coached by Ivan Lendl this past year, Murray reached the Wimbledon final and then went on to win the singles gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics. He then became the first British man in 76 years to win a Grand Slam championship at the US Open in September. The Scot also won the Olympic mixed doubles silver medal with Laura Robson.
“It is with incredible pride that I have been named in the New Year Honours List to receive an OBE from Her Majesty the Queen for Services to Sport,” Murray was quoted on his official website on Saturday.
“2012 has been an amazing year for British sport and I am proud to have been able to play my part. I reached my first Wimbledon final, competed and won gold at the London 2012 Olympics with Team GB at Wimbledon, and then won my first grand slam title at the US Open. Being recognized in such a way at the end of such a great season is the finishing touch on 2012. Thank you all for your support, I hope everyone has a very happy New Year.....and here’s to 2013!”
The 25-year-old Murray will begin his 2013 ATP World Tour season as the defending champion at the Brisbane International tournament next week. He defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov in the 2012 final.