Murray Given Freedom Of Merton
Wimbledon, Great Britain
by ATP Staff|
After a practice session with new coach Amelie Mauresmo at Wimbledon on Friday, Andy Murray was formally presented with the freedom of the London Borough of Merton, three days before he begins his title defence at The Championships.
New Mayor of Merton Councillor Agatha Akyigyina made the presentation of a certificate and seal, formally granting Murray honorary freeman status at a special presentation hosted by the All England Lawn Tennis Club. It is the highest honour the borough can bestow.
“It’s an honour to receive the Freedom of Merton,” said Murray. “Everyone knows how much this tennis tournament means to me, so I’m delighted and I’d like to thank the Councillors and everyone involved for granting me this. I can’t wait for the tournament to start this year, fingers crossed I can defend my title.”
“We can all remember back to summer 2013 when the whole of Merton and the rest of the country got behind Andy Murray as he claimed the famous Wimbledon trophy for the country,” said Mayor Akyigyina.
“It has given me great pleasure in granting him the freedom of Merton. He has done so much for tennis as a sport and has brought significant reputational benefits to Merton as a great place to visit and a place where it’s good to work and live.”
Murray will open his title defence on Centre Court on Monday against Belgium’s David Goffin.