New Mayor of Merton Councillor Agatha Akyigyina formally presented reigning Wimbledon Men’s Singles champion Andy Murray with the freedom of the London Borough of Merton today (20 June 2014).
Just ahead of defending his 2013 Wimbledon Tennis Championships title at the end of June, Councillor Akyigyina presented Andy Murray with a certificate and seal, formally granting him honorary freeman status at a special presentation hosted by the All England Lawn Tennis Club.
In awarding Andy Murray freedom of the borough, the council is bestowing upon him the highest honour within its gift.
Mayor of Merton Councillor Agatha Akyigyina said: “We can all remember back to summer 2013 when the whole of Merton and the rest of the country got behind Andy Murray as he claimed the famous Wimbledon trophy for the country, and it has given me great pleasure in granting him freedom of Merton. He has done so much for tennis as a sport and has brought significant reputational benefits to Merton as a great place to visit and a place where it’s good to work and live.”
Leader of the council Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: “I am proud to be Leader of the borough which is home to the most famous tennis tournament in the world and it is with great delight that we are here today to make this presentation. Through winning Wimbledon and being an outstanding and dedicated sportsman, Andy Murray not only does much for the reputation of tennis in the UK, but also for Merton as the host borough.”
Andy Murray said: “It’s an honour to receive the Freedom of Merton, everyone knows how much this tennis tournament means to me, so I’m delighted and I’d like to thank the Councillors and everyone involved for granting me this. I can’t wait for the tournament to start this year, fingers crossed I can defend my title.”