SHOULD ANDY MURRAY GET A KNIGHTHOOD? – After what was a truly gripping final to Wimbledon, where Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 at cenre court, there are now whispers that Andy Murray’s victory could lead to a knighthood.
What Andy Murray achieved yesterday was nothing less than sheer brilliance. You can’t win such a tournament without putting in a huge amount of effort, time, dedication and sheer determination.
It has been 77 years since the Wimbledon trophy was lifted by a British citizen which made the event even more memorable; but does this warrant awarding Andy Murray a knighthood?
There are currently a number of polls running around the internet and it is clear that the jury is still out. At the last count, on one well known daily news source it was almost a 50/50 split.
You might think, considering the vast number of Wimbledon fans who watch Andy Murray perform, that the idea of a knighthood would have been more widely supported; so why is the idea of Andy Murray receiving a knighthood for his victory producing such a split on the public opinion polls.
I have to start off by saying that I personally do not think that Andy Murray’s efforts and his Wimbledon victory deserve the honour of a knighthood and I suspect many others feel the same way.
There is no doubt that the British public currently holds Andy Murray in high esteem; after all he did break the 77 year curse and performed most admirably on the centre court.
However, Andy Murray is a sportsperson with the ability to achieve things most of us couldn’t fathom. He has over the years worked extremely hard and I would venture his Wimbledon victory is more for himself than that of the British people.
Andy is already extremely well paid for his efforts with corporate sponsorship that runs into the millions and frankly playing a sport for a living, providing you are good at what you do, is highly lucrative.
I am not trying to be a sour-puss here nor detract from Andy Murray’s remarkable victory, however, there are hundreds, if not thousands of British citizens far more worthy of a knighthood who will not only never achieve such adulation but often remain under the radar of the public eye.
I am of course referring to the charity workers; those who work tirelessly and mostly for free. These remarkable individuals often toil night and day, without pay and without public recognition just because others need their help.
I think a knighthood should be awarded to people who achieve remarkable feats, such as captains of industry who not only create vast wealth for themselves but also create jobs and wealth for others. A knighthood should be awarded whereby the individual ultimately produces benefit to many others.
I still think what Andy Murray achieved yesterday was marvelous but to award a knighthood for winning a tennis tournament; no matter how famous that tournament happens to be, is complete folly and almost makes a mockery of gaining a knighthood.
Maybe in years to come after Andy Murray has achieved much more should it then be considered; but until that time comes the idea needs to be shelved.
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