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Champion Andy Murray crowned 2013 BBC Sports Personality

by Alexandra Willis
Sunday 15 December 2013

Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray became the fourth tennis player to win the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year award on the event of SPOTY's 60th anniversary. Following in the footsteps of Ann Jones, Virginia Wade, and Greg Rusedski Murray was presented with the prestigious accolade in recognition of his feat in becoming the first British men's singles champion at Wimbledon for 77 years, since Fred Perry in 1936. 

Murray was unable to attend the glittering evening in Leeds in person, joining instead from his training base in Miami by live video link to accept the award.

"I've got a few people to thank - my family first. A lot are there in the crowd. They've supported me since I was a kid, making a lot of sacrifices for me. I couldn't have done it without you. My team are also all standing behind the camera here. They've been with me for a long time and I also couldn't have done it without them. Thank you to all of them."

 "And finally I'd like to thank all the public who voted, for giving me so much sport over the last couple of years. It has made a huge difference. 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 sounds my voice always sounds boring - that's just my voice, I'm sorry! I'm very excited right now! Thank you very much everyone."

"There are some amazing names on this trophy,"u Mrray said. "Anyone who knows me knows Im love sport, all different sports. Growing up I tried so many, I can't name all of them. There are some pretty special names on here, so it's nice to have my name on it.

"I remember watching SPOTY from a very young age. I went down to Young SPOTY when I was 16 or 17, and I remember that was the first time I'd really have to speak in front of a large number of people. It was an incredibly nerve-racking experience. It was pretty tricky."

 "As an athlete you're used to throwing your body around and doing physical training. When you have surgery you need to take a step back and the whole process is tedious and long. But I'm close to coming out of the other side of it. I'll play my first match in 15 days time or so. But I would have loved to have been in Leeds. But I had to make the right decision for my back and career and preparing best for the Australian Open. That means I had to stay here, but hopefully that will go to plan in a few weeks' time."

"It's been tough. I've been trying to achieve that for a number of years now. In the couple of weeks and months afterwards, I found it hard to come to terms with but I've started to get used to it more. It's great to finally get over that hurdle as there was a bit of pressure for me to do it," Murray said in response to being asked whether winning Wimbledon had sunk in. 

He was then asked whether defending the title next July was a possibility. "I'll give it a go. Trying to recover from the back surgery. If I'm fit and ready and I've got the support behind me, I've got a chance."


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