Murray and Farah receive knighthoods

Andy Murray of Britain in action.
Andy Murray of Britain in action. FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

SPORTS HONOURS: Andy Murray says it will take some time to get used to being called "Sir Andy” after being knighted in the New Year's Honours List.

Murray, who won both Wimbledon and Olympic gold for the second time in 2016, and also rose to No.1 in the world, said he was honoured to receive the accolade but felt no different.

"I still feel like Andy Murray - that feels more normal - but I am happy with the knighthood and it is a nice way to start the new year,” the 29-year-old said.

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah also became a knight, as did Paralympic show jumper Lee Pearson.

Heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and rower Katherine Grainger received damehoods.

Farah, 33, said of his knighthood: "I am so happy to be awarded this incredible honour from the country that has been my home since I moved here at the age of eight.

"Looking back at the boy who arrived here from Somalia, not speaking any English, I could never have imagined where I would be today - it is a dream come true.”

Murray has already had his first win as a knight, defeating Milos Raonic 6-3 7-6 (8-6) at an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi.

Topics:  andy murray knighthood mo farah new years honours list

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