A knighthood for Andy Murray could well be on the cards after Prime Minister David Cameron said he “can't think of anyone who deserves one more” than the newly-crowned Wimbledon champion.
Mr Cameron watched the straight-sets triumph from the Royal Box, and said: “I think he lifted the spirits of the whole country.”
Murray (26) is also now regarded as a sure favourite to become the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year for 2013, but was modest when asked whether a title might be among his accolades.
“I think it's a nice thing to have or be offered,” he said.
“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.”
And Mr Cameron said: “We were wondering yesterday morning 'Do we dare to dream that this is possible?' and he proved absolutely that it was.”
Asked about the possibility of Murray becoming Sir Andy, Mr Cameron, a keen tennis fan, added: “Honours are decided independently but, frankly, I can't think of anyone who deserves one more.”