Wimbledon plan Andy Murray statue when two-time champion Scot retires

Wimbledon plan Andy Murray statue when two-time champion Scot retires

January 14, 2019

The All England Club intends to commemorate the Scot, a two-time winner of the men’s singles title, with a bronze figurehead.

Fred Perry, winner of three singles championships at SW19, has a sculpture in the grounds which is seen by thousands of people every year.

The move was mooted by Wimbledon chief executive Richard Lewis on BBC Radio 5Live’s Sportsweek programme.

Asked about the possibility of a statue, Lewis said: “I don’t think there’s any doubt about that.

“We always felt that when Andy retired, that would be the appropriate time to recognise his extraordinary career.

“I am sure something like that will be done. But meanwhile down at the club he is seen as a highly respected person both on and off the court.

“We are very fond of him and he is a great person to have around the club."

Murray takes on Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut on Monday at Melbourne Park.

If he loses, it may be the final match of his career given he is struggling with a hip injury.

The 31-year-old's intention is to retire at Wimbledon but there are fears his body might not last that long.

When Murray beat Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic 6–4 7–5 6–4 in the 2013 Wimbledon final he ended 77 years waiting for a men's champion.

Three years later, Murray was successful again in South-West London, this time 6–4 7–6(7–3) 7–6(7–2) against Canadian Milos Raonic.

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