Tennis superstar Andy Murray has been knighted for his services to the game, media reports said.

Murray took his game to a new level this year, climbing to the top of the rankings and dethroning Novak Djokovic after winning the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

Murray, now in Abu Dhabi where he is playing in a tournament, told the BBC: "I feel more like Andy Murray feels obviously more normal to me, but it's obviously a big honour and [I'm] happy with that".

The Herald writes that Andy Murray has rounded off a golden year with the knighthood, while the honour's list also recognises rowing star Katherine Grainger and wheelchair tennis champion Gordon Reid. In previous interviews, Murray has said he thought he was too young at 29 to be knighted, but it seems the Queen did not agree.

Murray has enjoyed the best year of his career in 2016, winning a second Wimbledon title, successfully defending his Olympic gold medal and reaching world number one for the first time.

According to Murray, while he recognises it is a huge honour to receive a Knighthood, he will ask Wimbledon not to use "Sir Andy" on scoreboards and club literature, as he feels it would make him uncomfortable.

Farah completed a "double-double" in Rio after he won his fourth Olympic gold medal, becoming the only man to retain the 5,000 metres and 10,000m titles.

Opera singer, Bryn Terfel, 51, will also receive a knighthood for services to music. With four gold medals over the course of his impressive career, the accolade shouldn't come as a surprise.

The 33-year-old Somalia-born Farah, though, was more than happy to revel in his award.

"Looking back at the boy who arrived here from Somalia, not speaking any English, I could never have imagined where I would be today - it's a dream come true".

Boxing star Nicola Adams was also among those handed an OBE, while Ellie Robinson was given an MBE for claiming a Paralympic gold at the age of just 15.


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