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SportWimbledon planning to build statue of Sir Andy Murray

19:35  11 july  2019
19:35  11 july  2019 Source:   scotsman.com

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Andy Murray 's career will be recognised with a statue at Wimbledon . Murray , who became the first British player in 77 years to win the men's singles title at the All England Club in 2013, is retiring from tennis this year due to continuing pain in his hip.

Wimbledon plans to pay tribute to retiring former champion Andy Murray with a statue at its home, the tournament’s chief executive said Sunday. “We always felt that when Andy retired that would be the appropriate time to recognize his extraordinary career,” Wimbledon Chief Executive Richard Lewis

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Wimbledon are working on a statue of Andy Murray for when he retires, chairman Philip Brook has revealed.

Chief executive Richard Lewis said in January after Murray raised the possibility of his imminent retirement that Wimbledon would honour the Scot in the same way as Fred Perry, whose bust is outside Centre Court.

Speaking to a group of reporters in the All England Club boardroom, Brook said: "What we don't want to do is retire him too early. Our thought all along is that we want to recognise Andy's significant achievements here at Wimbledon in an appropriate way and at an appropriate time.

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Wimbledon is planning to mark Andy Murray ’s achievements by erecting a statue of him at the All England Club – but only after he has definitively retired. Perhaps mindful of the Australian Open’s apparently premature farewell to Murray earlier this year

Wimbledon plans to pay tribute to retiring former champion Andy Murray with a statue at its home, tournament chief executive Richard Lewis said on Monday (AEDT). "We always felt that when Andy retired that would be the appropriate time to recognise his extraordinary career

Wimbledon planning to build statue of Sir Andy Murray © Reuters REUTERS/Hannah McKay

"We think an appropriate time is to unveil something when he retires. We are working on it. We have done some work already on it and there is still more work to do."

Wimbledon have not yet consulted Murray on the sort of statue he would like, or decided where it will go, with the former world number one hopeful of returning to singles competition soon.

Brook's time at the helm of the All England Club is definitely nearly up, though, with his nine-year tenure coming to an end in December.

Wimbledon planning to build statue of Sir Andy Murray © Getty (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

He is proud of the progress he has overseen, listing the installation of the Court One roof, which is being used for the first time this year, the extension of the grass-court season and the purchase of land from the neighbouring golf club as his biggest achievements.

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Wimbledon is planning to honour two-time champion Andy Murray ’s legacy with a statue . The All-England club confirmed that they were looking at having a statue of Murrey outside the club. Club chief executive Richard Lewis told BBC Radio 5 Live: “We always felt that when Andy retired, that would be

Wimbledon Chief Executive Confirms Plans to Build a Statue of Andy Murray . Daniel Caw. January 13, 2019. Andy Murray ‘s stellar career is set to be honoured in the shape of a statue at Wimbledon , as the Scot looks increasingly likely to hang up the racket for good in 2019.

The latter, finally agreed at the end of last year, will treble the size of Wimbledon's land, and the club have appointed a planning firm to help them shape the future of the tournament.

Brook is also proud of the increase in prize money in his time, saying: "It was £14 million when I first started, it's £38 million this year. Players may say it's not enough but it's grown faster than this business has grown over the past nine years."

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Brook steps down at an interesting time for the sport, with a group on the ATP Player Council, led by Novak Djokovic, looking to challenge the percentage of profits given out in prize money.

They feel the players are not adequately remunerated compared to other sports despite the huge increases paid out by the slams over the past few years.

Brook believes players should appreciate more what they have, saying: "They don't understand where we've come from, and they always want more.

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WIMBLEDON chiefs are considering honouring Andy Murray ’s stellar career with a statue . The All England Club intends to commemorate the Scot, a two-time winner of the men’s Wimbledon chiefs are planning to have a statue made for Andy Murray at the All England ClubCredit: AFP or licensors.

Wimbledon is planning to honour two-time champion Andy Murray with a statue at the All England Club when he retires. The club unveiled a statue of three-time champion Fred Perry in 1984 and chief executive Richard Lewis said it could do something similar for Murray .

Wimbledon planning to build statue of Sir Andy Murray © Getty (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

"Generations past who have given up their share of prize money in order to allow events to continue to grow and succeed and make them what they are today. There is this continuous transfer of equity from one generation to the next, which the current generation don't necessarily always understand.

"Spend more time with Rod Laver, or even Tim Henman actually, and they'd learn things were different, or very, very different, not that long ago."

Wimbledon planning to build statue of Sir Andy Murray © Reuters REUTERS/Carl Recine

Brook will be succeeded by fellow board member Ian Hewitt but voiced his hope that one day this most traditional of establishments will be led by a woman.

"I would love it to have a female chair at some point," he said. "And similarly a chief executive. It would be a great statement."

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The pair defeated their opponents in straight sets on Tuesday.

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