Scots cham­pion to get statue erected at SW19


ANDY Mur­ray’s record break­ing ca­reer will be recog­nised with a statue at Wim­ble­don.

Plans have been put in place to per­ma­nently com­mem­o­rate the ten­nis cham­pion’s achieve­ments.

BY JACKIE GRANT re­[email protected]­ ANDY Mur­ray’s gran Ellen says his grandad would have been “fair chuffed” his grand­son is go­ing to be hon­oured with a statue at Wim­ble­don.

Ellen, 85, said Gor­don, who died in Septem­ber 2016, was the big­gest fan of Andy and his ten­nis ace brother Jamie.

She said: “It’s a nice idea be­cause every­body seems to be re­ally proud of An­drew and what he’s achieved.

“His grandad watched ev­ery game he played and, as far as he was con­cerned, there was no­body like An­drew or Jamie. He’d have been fair chuffed with a statue.”

Of­fi­cials at Wim­ble­don – where in 2013 Andy be­came the first Bri­tish player in 77 years to be­come men sin­gles cham­pion – re­vealed the per­ma­nent trib­ute was among the plans.

Last night, All Eng­land Club chief ex­ec­u­tive Richard Lewis said: “We al­ways felt that when Andy re­tired, that would be the ap­pro­pri­ate time to recog­nise his ex­tra­or­di­nary ca­reer.

“I am sure some­thing like that (a statue) will be done but mean­while down at the club he is seen as a highly re­spected per­son both on and off the court.

“We are very fond of him and he is a great per­son to have around the club.” A statue of three-time Wim­ble­don cham­pion Fred Perry was un­veiled at the club’s grounds in 1984.

Last night, those close to Andy, who last week an­nounced his re­tire­ment due to hip prob­lems, backed the statue idea.

Brian Melville, who coached Andy as a seven-year-old in Dun­blane and lives next door to the star’s dad Wil­lie, said a statue would be a “fit­ting trib­ute”.

Brian, 68, said: “Andy is the most suc­cess­ful player of his gen­er­a­tion and a statue at Wim­ble­don would be nice. I’d def­i­nitely go to Wim­ble­don to see it.”

Andy hopes to bring the cur­tain down on his ca­reer at Wim­ble­don in July.

He was due to face Roberto Bautista Agut in the Aus­tralian Open early to­day.

TRI­UMPH Andy with tro­phy in front of Fred Perry statue. Pic: SNS Group

BIG­GEST FANS Gor­don and Ellen

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