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Andy Murray, knighted by Prince Charles

Andy Murray, knighted by Prince Charles

Andy Murray, a two-time Wimbledon champion, was knighted by Prince Charles, more than two years after he received the honor from Queen Elizabeth II.

The ceremony was held at Buckingham Palace, in recognition of Murray’s contribution to tennis and charitable work.

The appointment was announced on the 2016 New Year’s Honors list drawn up by the queen. By 2015, Murray had won his second Wimbledon title, revalidated his Olympic gold in singles and finished the season at the top of the rankings.

Those receiving the appointment can choose when the ceremony takes place. The delay in this case was due to Murray’s strenuous activity and the effect the ceremony could have on a hip problem that has threatened to end his career.

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In January, during the Australian Open, Murray wept when announcing that he plans to retire after participating this year at Wimbledon, due to the pain in his hip.

The Briton, who turned 32 on Wednesday, has undergone surgery, and it is unknown if he will be able to participate in this year’s Wimbledon.

Following Thursday’s ceremony, Murray issued a statement.

“I am very proud to receive this,” he said. “It is a good day to spend with my family _my wife and parents are here. I would have liked to bring my children, but I think they are a bit small. I’ll show you the medal when I get home. “

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Murray and his wife Kim are the parents of 3-year-old Sophia Olivia and 18-month-old Edie.

The Scotsman won his first Wimbledon championship in 2013. This cut a 77-year period without British tennis players being crowned in men’s singles in the only Grand Slam tournament to be played on grass courts. AP

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