Wim­ble­don will hon­our Mur­ray with statue

The Daily Telegraph - - Front page - By Vic­to­ria Ward and Si­mon Briggs

ANDY MUR­RAY will be com­mem­o­rated with a statue at Wim­ble­don, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of the All Eng­land Club has re­vealed.

Richard Lewis sug­gested there was no doubt the Scot’s ex­tra­or­di­nary ten­nis ca­reer would be recog­nised with a per­ma­nent me­mo­rial, much like that of Fred Perry, whose bronze like­ness is dis­played in the SW19 grounds.

“For sure, I don’t think there’s any doubt about that,” Mr Lewis told BBC Ra­dio 5 Live’s Sportsweek pro­gramme yes­ter­day when asked about a Mur­ray sculp­ture. “We al­ways felt that when Andy re­tired, that would be the ap­pro­pri­ate time to recog­nise his ex­tra­or­di­nary ca­reer. I am sure some­thing like that will be done.”

The news may give some com­fort to Mur­ray, whose dis­tress at the prospect of not mak­ing it to the cham­pi­onships one fi­nal time was laid bare last week.

The two-time Wim­ble­don cham­pion has suf­fered with a long-term hip in­jury and ac­knowl­edged it will force him to re­tire this year. He had been de­ter­mined to bow out at SW19 but re­vealed last week he could not even put his shoes and socks on with­out pain.

Sue Barker, the broad­caster and for­mer player, de­scribed Mur­ray as “the great­est British player there has ever been”, while Roger Fed­erer said: “He’s a good guy, Hall of Famer, leg­end.”

In 2013 Mur­ray be­came the first British male to take the ti­tle since Perry in 1936. Mur­ray also won in 2016.

He was due to play what could be his fi­nal match at 7am GMT to­day in the first round of the Aus­tralian Open.

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