A Knighthood would almost certainly be bestowed on Andy Murray if he ever becomes the first British player to win Wimbledon’s men’s singles title since Fred Perry 74 years ago but, he is looking forward to meeting Queen Elizabeth II when he she makes a long overdue return to the All England Club.
Britain’s monarch has not attended Wimbledon since the day Virginia Wade won the ladies singles title in 1977 but Buckingham Palace has confirmed she will make the journey to SW19 on the first Thursday of the Championships, June 24.
Murray is used to carrying the tennis hopes of 62 millions of his compatriots and having the British tennis media following his every move so he is comfortable about meeting the Queen.
“It would be nice if she comes along,” said Murray whose exploits in reaching last year’s semi-final suggested the Queen might attend his meeting with Andy Roddick but such speculation proved wide of the mark.
“Any time you get to play in front of someone famous, it’s good. But playing in front of the Queen is just a little bit different. Once you get on the court it’s not as like you are focused completely on the match.
“Prince William came along to the Australian Open this year so it would be nice if she came along to Wimbledon.”
Murray is now careful about making statements on issues more relevant to whole British nation rather than just tennis. Four years ago the Scot was misinterpreted after joking he would root for anybody playing against England in the soccer World Cup and the repercussions were long and unfriendly.
Therefore he erred on the diplomatic side of caution when questioned about his thoughts on the Monarchy. “I think they are good for the country,” he said. “I certainly have nothing against the Royal Family.”
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