Sir Andy Murray has said he is “not necessarily” in favor of being knighted by athletes.
However, when asked if racing driver Lewis Hamilton deserved a knighthood, he said “of course” – referring to his accomplishments on and off the track.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, he said, “For what we do, I’m not necessarily in favor of getting a knighthood.”
Yet he deserves it, of course, as an athlete, in terms of what he has done as an athlete.
He is one of the country’s most famous athletes in its history.
“He’s a great driver, he supports some great causes as well, off the track, so he definitely deserves it.” Sir Andy added.
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During an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in 2019, Sir Andy was knighted by Charles for a glittering tennis career that saw him win three Grand Slams and numerous other titles.
In the summer of 2013, when he ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a male singles champion at Wimbledon, the player’s career-defining moment came.
At the 2016 New Year’s Awards, the accolade was revealed and capped a momentous year in which he won a second Wimbledon championship, kept his Olympic crown, was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year for the third time and ended the season as number one in the world.
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Last Sunday, Hamilton captured a historic seventh world championship and, according to The Sun, will collect the trophy at the New Year’s Honors.
Former Labour Cabinet Secretary Lord Hain, who serves as chairman of the Formula One All Party Parliamentary Committee, wrote to Prime Minister Boris Johnson twice asking that Hamilton, 35, be honoured with a knighthood.
“If it is right, I will be thrilled if Lewis is inducted into the pantheon of sporting knights because he is right up there with Sir Bradley Wiggins, Sir Mo Farah, Sir Andy Murray, Sir Alastair Cook and the others,” Hain said on Sunday.
Lewis is not only a serial athlete, he’s also by far the world’s biggest British sports star. It’s now long overdue.
It only adds to his amazing achievement that his history is so modest, and the fact that he’s black.
It’s not only what you see in his car’s cockpit, but his charity work and enhancing Formula One diversity, which could have an impact on other sports.
“He’s a role model for young girls and boys, no matter what their background, no matter what color their skin is, that they can reach for the sky.”
Johnson was told it would be absolutely unfair to refuse the Briton an accolade because of his tax status, following Hamilton’s seventh title, which tied him with Michael Schumacher in the all-time leaderboard.
Earlier this month, Motorsport UK President David Richards sent a letter to Downing Street saying that Hamilton, who lives in Monaco, is “subject to withholding tax in nine countries” and “files tax returns in four of the nine countries.”
It is also reported that the UK Income Tax Liabilities Statistics of HMRC, to be released in 2019, ranks Hamilton among the UK’s wealthiest 5,000 top taxpayers.
“It would be entirely wrong for the UK to deny Lewis an award commensurate with his historic achievements because he chose to live or work there, or because his tax status was misunderstood,” Richards said in the letter.
“Hain added, “Lewis’s work takes him around the world for more than half a year. In a variety of nations, he pays taxes, and he even pays a big chunk of U.K. taxes.
“He’s a UK resident and a proud Brit, so that shouldn’t be a problem.”
After his first championship in 2008, Hamilton was awarded an MBE and has since re-written the record books of the sport. He has won more races (94) and secured more poles (97) and podiums than any other driver before him.
“When I think about the honor of being knighted, I think about people like my grandfather who served in the war,” Hamilton said of the potential recognition.
Captain Tom has been waiting for this great honor for 100 years, and then you have these doctors and nurses who have been saving lives in this most difficult time of all time.
I’m thinking of these unsung heroes, because I don’t think of myself as an unsung hero. I haven’t rescued anybody. It’s an amazing thing.