Wimbledon statue honour for Sir Andy
HE told the world of his desire to make one final appearance at Wimbledon in a last hurrah to end his career.
But Sir Andy Murray could soon become a permanent fixture at SW19 now plans have been announced to immortalise him in a statue.
The former World Number One broke down on Friday as he announced his retirement due to an ongoing hip injury.
It came five years after the 31-year-old became the first British man to win at Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936.
Now the Scot could soon stand alongside his idol – cast in bronze.
The last statue to be erected to a British player was Virginia Wade, who won the women’s singles title in 1977. All England Club chief executive Richard Lewis announced the plans on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme, saying the team is ‘very fond’ of Sir Andy.
He 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.’ The famous ground’s Perry sculpture, pictured, was created by artist David Wynne in 1984 to mark the 50th anniversary of Perry’s first singles Championship and stands at the northeast corner of Centre Court.
It is one of six such statues and sits alongside head and shoulder sculptures of the five British Ladies’ Singles Champions Kitty Godfree, Dorothy Round, Angela Mortimer, Ann Jones and Virginia Wade, which were all created by artist Ian Rank-Broadley.
Sir Andy’s retirement announcement sparked a wave of heart-felt tributes from sports stars, politicians, celebrities, fans and friends. It follows a year of rehab in which the twice-Wimbledon champion battled through health issues undergoing hip surgery to make a comeback. He said he hoped to keep playing in order to compete at Wimbledon but confessed he may ‘struggle to play through the pain’ over the next five months, making the Australian Open this week his final tournament.