Arise, Sir Andy! Tennis star knighted
CNN’s Open Court presenter Pat Cash says there is more to come from “Sir Andy Murray” in 2017: “One of my predictions is that he will be No. 1 for quite a while next year. He’ll be pushed but for the majority of the year he will be No. 1.
“I also think he’ll win the French Open. He’s desperate to win that one and I think he’ll grab it.”
It was not quite the start to 2017 that Murray wanted when he lost his first match 7-6(4) 6-4 to Belgian David Goffin at an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi, Friday.
Another multiple Olympic gold medalist, Mo Farah, also received a knighthood after defending his 5,000-meter and 10,000m track titles in Rio.
Jessica Ennis, who added heptathlon silver to London gold in Rio before retiring, was made a dame (the highest accolade for women) along with Olympic rowing gold medalist Helen Grainger.
Equestrian Lee Pearson was also knighted for his achievement of winning 11 gold medals at five Paralympic Games.