Andy Murray to be excluded from the New Years honours list?
Despite earlier reports to the contrary
Despite earlier reports to the contrary, Andy Murray - who won the Wimbledon men's singles in July earlier this year after becoming the first British citizen to win the tournament in 77 years - is said to be missing from the New Years honours list.
The 26 year old tennis king is said to be being overlooked by civil servants because it is too soon for him to receive another OBE after being honoured a year ago after winning the Olympic gold medal at London 2012.
Fellow brit Bradley Wiggins was knighted - becoming a "sir" - for his achievements at being the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France in its 100-year history and despite being recommended by No 10, Murray will have to wait owing to honours protocol and the decision made by the honours committee that is chaired by the former London 2012 chairman Lord Coe.
The strict rules are said to be the main reason for "playing" the system and turning down lesser honours to wait to be "upgraded" the following year.