Andy Murray statue to stand alongside Fred Perry at Wimbledon
After Andy Murray announced at an emotional press conference that he would retire later this year due to ongoing pain in his hip the All England Club said they would commemorate him with a bronze statue at Wimbledon. Here he is shown with his statue in Shanghai, made to resemble a terracotta warrior.
Sir Andy Murray’s career will be recognised with a statue at Wimbledon.
The Scot, who became the first British player in 77 years to win the men’s singles title at the All England Club in 2013, is retiring from tennis this year due to continuing pain in his hip.
A bronze statue of threetimes Wimbledon champion Fred Perry was unveiled at the club’s grounds in 1984, and Sir Andy’s achievements are also set to be commemorated.
All England club chief executive Richard Lewis told the BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme: “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.”
Sir Andy beat Novak Djokovic to claim his first Wimbledon title in 2013 before winning the tournament for a second time three years later.
The former world number one hopes to bring the curtain down on his career at Wimbledon later this year.
He faces Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round of the Australian Open today.
After announcing the imminent end of his career at an emotional press conference on Friday, Sir Andy, 31, expressed gratitude for the many messages of support he received.
He wrote on Instagram on Saturday: “Genuinely been very touched by all of the messages and support from everybody today. It means a lot and has made me feel much more positive.”