PLAYER NEWS 2013
Murray Named BBC Sports Personality Of The Year
by ATP Staff|
Andy Murray’s history-making 2013 season was honoured on Sunday night as the Scot was named the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in the 60th edition of the annual awards show.
Following on from his US Open and Olympic successes in 2012, Murray became the first British male in 77 years to win the Wimbledon singles title in July, beating Novak Djokovic in the final. The 26 year old was also runner-up at the Australian Open (l. to Djokovic) and won the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title in Miami (d. Ferrer).
From a shortlist of 10 contenders, Murray won the coveted award with more than 50 per cent of the public vote. The Scot was presented with the trophy by Martina Navratilova on location in Miami, where he is training as he prepares to make a comeback from the back surgery that curtailed his season.
Murray is the fourth tennis player to win the award in its 60-year history, after Ann Jones in 1969, Virginia Wade in 1977 and Greg Rusedski in 1997.
"I'd like to thank all the public who voted, for giving me so much support over the last couple of years," said Murray. "It's made a huge difference. Thanks to Martina for giving this to me. She's possibly the greatest tennis player of all time."
After thanking his family and support team, Murray added, "I know sometimes I'm not the easiest person to support, but I've had a lot of pressure on me for a long time. I'm glad I managed to do it. No matter how excited I try to sound, my voice always sounds boring; that's just my voice. I'm sorry! I'm very excited right now. Thank you very much everyone."
Murray was not the only ATP World Tour star to receive national recognition over the weekend. On the back of a career-best season, Stanislas Wawrinka finished second in the Credit Suisse Sports Awards, behind cross country skier Dario Cologna.
The 28-year-old Wawrinka reached his first Grand Slam semi-final at the US Open, defeating Tomas Berdych and Murray before losing out to Novak Djokovic in five sets. The right-hander subsequently qualified for the year-end Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the first time, advancing to the semi-finals (l. to Djokovic).