Murray downplays knighthood

Andy Murray has told ITV News his historic Wimbledon victory "shouldn't be deserving of a knighthood", but admitted that he would not turn one down. David Cameron fuelled speculation by proclaiming: "I can't think of anyone who deserves one more."

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Puppies born during Wimbledon final set

Four Jack Russell puppies were born just as Andy Murray was making British sporting history on Centre Court.

The appropriately named Murray, Deuce, Ace and Summer were all born during the final set of Andy Murray's win over Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final.

The mother of the puppies, Blossom, was found wandering the streets in Southampton on Friday before she was brought to a Blue Cross re-homing centre to give birth.

Murray was born first before Deuce, Ace and Summer followed.

Blossom pictured with her four new-born puppies. Credit: Blue Cross

Kirsty Smith, Animal Welfare Assistant at Blue Cross in Southampton, said: “We couldn't believe it when Blossom went into labour during the Wimbledon final. When the first puppy popped out during the final set, it was a no brainer to name him Murray after the new champion.”

The charity have said that Blossom and her four new-born puppies are all doing well and will be ready to look for new homes in a few weeks’ time.


Andy Murray: Knighthood a 'nice thing to have'

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray said a knighthood would be a "nice thing to have" after Mr Cameron fuelled speculation that he would be recommended for the honour.

The prime minister said honours were decided independently but added: "I can't think of anyone who deserves one more."

Murray said: "I think it's a nice thing to have or be offered."

"I think just because everyone's waited for such a long time for this, that's probably why it'll be suggested, but I don't know if it merits that. I don't know."

Murray: Friend's cancer fight 'changed my perspective'

Andy Murray said his friend's cancer fight changed his perspective in the run-up to Wimbledon.

Ross Hutchins, Murray's Davis Cup team-mate, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma last year and has just finished six months of chemotherapy.

Ross Hutchins (left) celebrates during Andy Murray's Wimbledon final. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Murray said that although he felt huge pressure to win Wimbledon, Hutchins' illness had influenced his thinking.

The Wimbledon champion said: "He's extremely young to have something like that happening. It's shocking.

"When he asks you how you're feeling - like after my semi-finals or the final in Australia at the beginning of the year - you think twice because it's not that bad in comparison to what he's going through. It definitely changes your perspective, for sure."

Murray has been involved in Hutchins' fundraising efforts for the Royal Marsden Hospital by donating his winner's cheque from his victory at Queen's.

Hutchins, who said he was "ecstatic" after Murray's win, aims to be back on the tour next year.

Tiger cubs named in Andy Murray's honour

Two tiger cubs have been named 'Murray' and 'Viktor' in celebration of the British tennis star's Wimbledon victory.

Tiger cubs Murray and Viktor. Credit: Jan Morse

The Amur tigers were born on May 29 and are kept at the Highland Wildlife Park, set in 200 acres in the Cairngorms National Park.

Una Richardson, carnivore head keeper at the park, said: "With last night's victory fresh in our minds, we just couldn't resist naming them in celebration.

"Although we have used Russian names for our previous tiger births, it is an honour to be able to name one of our newest arrivals after Andy Murray and pay homage to his remarkable achievement."

Amur tigers, the largest member of the big cat family, are endangered with an estimated 350 to 450 individuals left.

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