A statue for Murray at Wimbledon? Boris Becker and Billie Jean King advocate the idea

Monday, 08 July 2024 at 01:30
Amidst Andy Murray's farewell at Wimbledon, debate intensifies over whether the two-time champion deserves a statue, with Boris Becker and Billie Jean King advocating for a permanent tribute at the All England Club for the local legend.
Murray's latest appearance wasn't ideal for the former world No. 1. Due to a back injury two weeks ago at the Queen's Club Championships, he wasn't ready to compete in the singles draw, although he did play men's doubles alongside his brother Jamie Murray on Thursday, July 4th.
The British brothers fell to the Australian duo of John Peers and Rinky Hijikata in straight sets. Following the match, an emotional tribute was paid to the two-times champion, as this is his last season as a professional. The local hero received the tribute on Center Court under the watchful eyes of several legends and colleagues who were in attendance.
However, there was hope for Murray to make a final appearance in mixed doubles alongside 2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu. The 21-year-old decided to withdraw from the draw after experiencing wrist discomfort and opted to rest before her fourth-round singles match against Lulu Sun.
Thus, Murray was unable to take to the court again at SW19, overshadowing his anticipated farewell from the tournament he won in 2013 and 2016. The Scotsman became the first British tennis player in 77 years to claim the title in 2013 by defeating Novak Djokovic, and he repeated the feat in 2016 by defeating Milos Raonic.
Murray holds a record of 61-13 (82%) at Wimbledon. In addition to his two titles, he was the runner-up in 2012 (defeat to Federer) and reached the semifinals on four other occasions. Throughout his career, he stood as a staunch competitor against the Federer-Nadal-Djokovic hegemony, reaching world No. 1 for 41 weeks in 2016. Murray has amassed 46 titles as a professional, including two Olympic gold medals, three Grand Slam titles (two Wimbledons and the 2012 US Open), and 14 Masters 1000 titles, among others.
In light of this, a BBC social media post posed the question of whether Murray deserves a statue in his honor at Wimbledon. American legend Billie Jean King defended the idea, stating, "A statue at Wimbledon would be fitting but there needs to be a meaningful, permanent legacy in Scotland for Andy Murray."
Former world No. 1 and three-times champion Boris Becker also supported the idea, mentioning that Murray deserves the same honor as legends like Fred Perry and Virginia Wade: "Absolutely! He is the first male British winner since Fred Perry in 1936 (who got a statue). Virginia Wade, the last woman to win in 1977, also got a statue! Much deserved in my humble opinion…"

Absolutely! He is first male British winner since Fred Perry in 34-35-36 ( who got a statue) Virginia Wade last woman winning in 77‘ also got a statue! Much deserved in my humble opinion… @Wimbledon

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