Gong for Andy Murray

  • Last Updated: December 29 2012, 11:14 GMT

Olympic and US Open champion Andy Murray expressed his pride at being awarded an OBE in the New Year Honour's list.

Murray: Broke his Grand Slam duck in New York
Murray: Broke his Grand Slam duck in New York

The 25-year-old was one of a host of sporting stars to receive honours as part of a special list rewarding British athletes who excelled at the London Olympics and Paralympics.

Murray said in a statement on his website: "It is with incredible pride that I have been named in the New Year's Honours List to receive an OBE from Her Majesty the Queen for services to sport.

"This has been an amazing year for British sport and I am proud to have been able to play my part.

"I reached my first Wimbledon final, competed and won gold at the London 2012 Olympics with Team GB at Wimbledon, and then won my first grand slam title at the US Open.

"Being recognised in such a way at the end of such a great season is the finishing touch on 2012. Thank you all for your support, I hope everyone has a very happy New Year.....and here's to 2013!''

Murray went into the Olympics still looking to win one of tennis' biggest titles after falling just short at Wimbledon in July.

The Scot reached the final for the first time, ending a 74-year wait for a home men's singles finalist, but was beaten in four sets by Roger Federer, his devastation clear for all to see as his sobbed his way through a post-match interview.

  • Murray started playing tennis at the age of five. One of his first coaches described him as ''unbelievably competitive''.
  • Here he poses with the trophy after winning the U14s Junior National Championships tournament at the age of 12.
  • In September 2004, Murray claims his first junior major title at Flushing Meadows...
  • ...by beating the Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky to win the Junior US Open.
  • Also in September that year, he was selected for the Davis Cup match against Austria, however he was not selected to play.
  • In March 2005, Andy Murray became the youngest Briton to ever play in the Davis Cup. He helped Britain win the tie with a crucial doubles victory.
  • After turning professional in April 2005, Murray reached the semi-finals of the boys' French Open, where he lost in straight sets to Marin Cilic.
  • Following an impressive Queen's performance, Murray received a wildcard for Wimbledon and reached the third round of the men's singles tournament.
  • Now ranked 122 in the world, Murray qualified for the US Open in the summer and makes the second round, where he loses to Arnaud Clement.
  • Murray broke into the top 100 after making the final of the Bangkok Open, where he came face-to-face with Roger Federer for the first time.
  • Changing of the guard: In his last tournament of 2005, Murray faced British no. 1 Tim Henman and beat him in three sets.
  • Andy claims his first ATP title early in 2006, beating Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt to win in San Jose.
  • 2006 saw Andy Murray split with his coach Mark Petchey and team up with Brad Gilbert.
  • Some inconsistency on clay and a first round defeat at Queen's Club was turned around when Murray made the fourth round at Wimbledon.
  • Andy shows off his improved physique after the epic five-set victory over Richard Gasquet at Wimbledon in 2008.
  • Straight sets defeat to Nadal in the quarter-final inspired Murray to push himself further.
  • Ahead of the US Open in 2008, Andy Murray beats Novak Djokovic in Cincinnati to win his first Masters Series.
  • Revenge is sweet as Murray defeats Rafael Nadal in the 2008 US Open semi-final.
  • In his first ever grand slam final, Andy Murray is beaten by Roger Federer 2-6, 5-7, 2-6.
  • Success didn't follow the Scot to the Olympics in Beijing as Andy Murray lost to Lu Yen-Hsun of Chinese Taipei in the first round.
  • A fourth round exit at the Australian Open was followed by Murray making the quarter-finals of the 2009 French Open.
  • When Murray beat James Blake to win Queens in 2009, he became the first Brit to do so since 1938.
  • In another first, Andy Murray plays against Stanislas Wawrinka in the first Wimbledon match under the lights of Centre Court.
  • Andy Murray teams up with a 15-year-old Laura Robson in 2010, the pair win the Hopman Cup in Perth.
  • At the Australian Open in 2010, Andy Murray saw off Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals before beating Marin Cilic to make the final.
  • In his second grand slam final, that man Roger Federer once again shattered the Scot's dreams 3-6, 4-6, 6-7.
  • A fourth round exit follows at the French Open before Murray makes it all the way to the Wimbledon semis, where Nadal ends his run in straight sets.
  • Despite losing to Roger Federer in the 2010 ATP Tour Finals group stages, Andy Murray makes it to the semis where he loses a three hour epic to Nadal.
  • 2011 brought about Andy Murray's best season to date, in the first major of the year, Murray made the final of the Australian Open, losing out Djokovic.
  • The Scot made the semi-finals for the first time at Roland Garros, only to be knocked out by the clay court specialist Rafael Nadal.
  • A third successive Wimbledon semi-final followed the French Open, only for Nadal to again stand in his way.
  • ...and in the final major of the season, Murray beats the crowd favourite John Isner in the quarter-finals to set up a semi-final against Nadal.
  • ...and guess what? - He puts an end to his run again! Andy Murray ends the season having won 21 and lost just four - three against Nadal and one Federer.
  • Murray starts off the 2012 season where he left off in 2011, making the semi-final of the Australian Open, but losing to Djokovic 6-3,3-6,6-7(4-7),6-1,7-5.
  • At the French Open, his run of semi-finals is ended by David Ferrer in the quarters.
  • Andy Murray enjoys his victory over Marcos Baghdatis in the third round of Wimbledon 2012.
  • He then goes on to beat Marin Cilic in the fourth round and David Ferrer in the quarters.
  • Andy Murray then sets up his first Wimbledon final by beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in the semis.
  • Federer denies Murray a first grand slam title again, beating the Scot 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4.
  • So near yet so far, it's a defeat which is hard to swallow for Andy Murray.
  • The London 2012 Olympic Games hands Murray an opportunity to extract his Wimbledon demons.
  • After beating Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals, Murray sets up a repeat of the Wimbledon final against Roger Federer.
  • This time he gets the better of the Swiss maestro, defeating him in straight sets to claim an Olympic gold for Team GB.
  • Andy Murray then takes his Olympic success into the next grand slam. Finally landing the first major of his career.
  • It was the joint longest US Open final in history lasting 4hrs 54m but Murray proved the strongest to beat Djokovic 7-6 7-5 2-6 3-6 6-3.
  • But at the Australian Open the Serb exacts his revenge with a four-set win 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 6-2.
  • The Scot suffers a back injury on the clay in Italy and is forced to pull out of the French Open.
  • A week before Wimbledon Andy Murray claims his third Aegon Championships trophy by beating Marin Cilic in the 2013 final.
Pictures from the career of Andy Murray after the Scot wins Wimbledon.

Murray reacted in superb fashion, though, beating Novak Djokovic to guarantee himself a first Olympic medal and then handing Federer his worst defeat on grass to clinch gold in the men's singles on Wimbledon's Centre Court.

Murray almost made it two gold medals on the same day but had to settle for silver in the mixed doubles with Laura Robson.

The hope was the success would spur him on to break his grand slam duck, and he did just that at the first opportunity by winning the US Open in New York, ending Fred Perry's 76-year reign as Britain's last male grand slam singles champion.

The Wimbledon final was the fourth slam showpiece Murray had lost but he matched coach Ivan Lendl in winning at the fifth time of asking with a five-set victory over Djokovic.

Murray revealed after his triumph that his friends had been teasing him about the possibility of a knighthood - something he definitely was not expecting.

The world number three said: "A lot of my friends have been messaging me about it and I don't really know what to say. I think it should take more than one or two good tournaments to deserve something like that. It would probably be a bit rash."

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