Time not ripe for royal honour, says Murray
Date published :
10 Oct 2012 - 11:47:16
Andy Murray said Wednesday that receiving an honour from Queen Elizabeth II would be a huge acknowledgement of his success -- but he had not yet done enough to justify such an award.
Murray, who won the US Open last month, ending Britain's agonising 76-year wait for a Grand Slam men's singles crown, was asked by reporters what he felt about talk that he could be in line for such recognition.
"It's not something I think about when I'm training and stuff. That isn't something that necessarily drives me," said the Scot after he reached the third round of the Shanghai Masters with a walkover.
"But it is obviously a massive acknowledgment of what someone's done in their given field through their career."
The 25-year-old, who also won the Olympic title in London, said it was too early to be thinking in those terms.
"I've had a very short career so far," said the Shanghai Masters defending champion. "I still hopefully have a lot of years left on the Tour. So I'm sure something like that can wait.
"I don't think what I've done just now would justify something like that. But if I can hopefully keep what I've been doing the last few years up for five, six more years, then possibly."
Honours lists are produced twice a year, at New Year and to coincide with the queen's official birthday in June.