Cultural experiences and funny musings by two twenty-somethings living abroad
Hooray! After more than 70 years, a male British tennis player finally conquered Wimbledon. His victory dominated the headlines of the British press and was celebrated by all corners of the United Kingdom, perhaps most notably by Scotland’s version of Jabba the Hutt who decided to smuggle in and wave a massive Saltire in the royal box of center court. Some people, such as David Cameron, even went as far to say that he deserved a knighthood for winning at Wimbledon, but should he really get one?
As the joke goes: I just saved 3 children from a burning house and got a really big pat on the back.
Just think if I could play Tennis or ride a bike fast I might have got a knighthood as well.
Don’t get me wrong; it is great that Andy Murray triumphed at Wimbledon, but the only thing that arguably makes this really special from the British perspective is that he was the first Brit to win since Fred Perry last did in 1936. If the likes of Björn Borg and Pete Sampras were British, then Andy Murray would have just been the latest in a long line of British winners and wouldn’t even be considered for a knighthood. The only thing that separates Andy Murray from every winner at Wimbledon since 1936 is that Andy’s British.
Also, is winning a tennis tournament really a “significant contribution to national life” and therefore worthy of a knighthood? In all honesty, Andy Murray has a bit of an envious job as a professional tennis player and he did his job in winning at Wimbledon. But then, many doctors, nurses, policemen and firemen do their jobs and collectively make significant contributions to national life and don’t get knighted, so what is any more special about what Andy Murray achieved?
It’s a great personal achievement for Andy Murray and nobody should rob him of that, but I don’t really think just winning Wimbledon is worthy of a knighthood. If he won it many times though, along with loads of other tennis tournaments and raised the profile of tennis as a sport in Britain, then he should definitely be considered for a knighthood. He’s still only 26 though and there’s still a lot for him to do!