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Murray: Title is an honour but Andy 'feels more normal'

Murray said it would take time to get used to being 'Sir Andy' Credit: AP

Andy Murray, who received a knighthood in the Queen's New Years Honours list, has said he will take time to get used to his new title.

Murray, currently in Abu Dhabi where he is playing in a tournament, told the BBC: "I feel more like Andy Murray feels obviously more normal to me, but it's obviously a big honour and [I'm] happy with that. [A] nice way to finish or start the New Year."

His grandfather, Roy Erskine, said the honour was "absolutely fantastic", but that it was "frightening" to think of his grandson being called Sir Andy.

The accolade tops off a special 12 months for the 29-year-old in which he won a second Wimbledon title, retained his Olympic crown and was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year for the third time.


Jessica Ennis-Hill 'honoured' to become a dame

Olympic star Dame Jessica has expressed her delight at being recognised in the New Years Honours list.

Dame Jessica said she was "truly honoured" to receive the title alongside her Team GB compatriots.

She shared a picture of her Rio 2016 team mates and tweeted: "What a team to have been a part of. Dame ... truly truly honoured!"

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New Year Honours 2013: Dame Sarah Storey

Dame Sarah Storey, 35, is honoured for services to para-cycling after winning four gold medals at London 2012.

With a Paralympic gold medal total of 11, Storey, who is expecting her first child, equals Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Dave Roberts as one of the country's most successful Paralympians.

ParalympicsGB cyclist Sarah Storey has been made a dame Credit: Press Association

She said: "Wow, I am speechless but incredibly honoured and extremely proud to be able to accept the DBE.

"I never expected any additional awards after my sporting success, I love competing for my country and that is a huge honour in itself.

"Now to be a dame is beyond anything I could have ever imagined and I cannot thank my family, friends, coaches and support staff over all the years enough for their devotion in helping me to follow the path of becoming the best athlete I can possibly be."