Andy Murray named BBC Sports Personality Of The Year

Andy Murray has won the BBC’s Sports Personality Of The Year award in the annual ceremony on Sunday night.

The 26-year-old – who won the Wimbledon Men’s singles title in the summer, becoming the first British player to do so for 77 years – took the coveted award ahead of rugby player Leigh Halfpenny and jockey AP McCoy.

He succeeds cyclist Bradley Wiggins, who took the title in 2012.

Andy was unable to attend the ceremony at the First Direct Arena in Leeds due to being in training in Miami – instead accepting the award via video link.

He thanked the public for their support, saying “It’s made a huge difference.”

The sportsman added: “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.”

He also admitted: “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.”

Andy was presented with the award by tennis legend Martina Navratilova, whom he called “the greatest tennis player of all time”.

He is the fourth tennis ace to win the prize following Ann Jones in 1969, Virginia Wade in 1977 and, most recently, Greg Rusedski in 1997.