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.”
He said: “It was a fantastic day for Andy Murray, for British tennis and for Britain.”
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.”
The world number two has been inundated with messages of support since becoming the first male British Wimbledon champion since Fred Perry 77 years ago.
Among those who offered their congratulations were footballer David Beckham and former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
Murray said he and Beckham had exchanged messages during the Grand Slam: “He was just getting back from Singapore and he called me this morning... just to say 'Well done, congrats and enjoy it'.”
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.”