Andy Mur­ray statue to stand along­side Fred Perry at Wim­ble­don

The Scotsman - - Front Page - By AMY WAT­SON

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.”

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