Andy Murray to be made Freeman of the Borough after historic Wimbledon tennis win

Andy Murray winning the title last summer

Andy Murray winning the title last summer

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The reigning Wimbledon men’s tennis champion will be made a Freeman of the Borough of Merton.

Millions of people around the globe watched last summer as Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic in the final in Wimbledon.

Murray and three previous ladies singles champions have been nominated by Merton Council for the highest honour the council can give, set to be announced at a council meeting on Wednesday, April 2.

Ladies champions Virginia Wade, who won in 1977, Ann Haydon-Jones, the 1969 winner and Angela Mortimer who took the title in 1961 as well as Murray have all been notified of the honour.

Once granted, presentation ceremonies planned for the summer will take place where the sporting heroes will formally be given the honour by the mayor of Merton.

A new mayor will be elected in May of this year.

The current mayor of Merton, Councillor Krystal Miller said: "The admission of these great sportspeople as Honorary Freemen of the Borough is the highest honour the council can give.

"We have not added any individuals to this list since 2006 and we are delighted to welcome those who have made significant sporting contributions to Great Britain and whose great achievements took place in the borough."


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1:49pm Tue 25 Mar 14

tamworth says...

So when a man wins Wimbledon he is given the honour of Freeman of the Borough.

As an after thought the council has realised that three British women have won Wimbledon since 1961 - I wonder why they weren't honoured with the same haste has Andy Murray - obviously they were seen as second class citizens
So when a man wins Wimbledon he is given the honour of Freeman of the Borough. As an after thought the council has realised that three British women have won Wimbledon since 1961 - I wonder why they weren't honoured with the same haste has Andy Murray - obviously they were seen as second class citizens tamworth
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1:09pm Fri 28 Mar 14

tjames says...

election coming up? if the sweaties vote yes in september do we take the "award" away?
election coming up? if the sweaties vote yes in september do we take the "award" away? tjames
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