On Sunday Andy Murray was named as the BBC’s 60th Sports Personality of the Year, claiming an overwhelming 56% of the votes. He received more votes than the rest of top ten put together. A convincing win, you could say.
Prior to the annual event it was announced that the Wimbledon champion would not attend the event in person due to training schedule commitments in Miami, thus the slightly delayed link-up was put in place. Inevitably there were angry keyboard and typical speech warriors complaining – but, for me, his lack of attendance doesn’t show ignorance, it shows dedication to his ultimate aim. That ultimate aim isn’t to be on every boy and girl’s poster wall or to be on the front of OK! Magazine, it’s to win as many grand slams as possible.
I thoroughly enjoyed Murray’s acceptance speech, in which he admitted a couple of things regarding his personality – something that’s been a huge issue for many.
The next indicator to the Brit’s fitness will be in his first match since surgery, the opponent is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Abu Dhabi exhibition on Boxing Day.
Lastly, to celebrate a very Murray Christmas, look back on the 26-year-old’s top five moments in 2013.
5) After winning a third title at Queen’s Club, Murray took part in an exhibition for charity. It provided great comedy value, including Andy managing to whack coach Ivan Lendl with the ball on the opposite side of the court.
4) Back in January Roger Federer was much tougher to beat than the unrecognisable one that we saw at SW19 and in New York. At the Australian Open the pair met in an electrifying semi-final, which resulted in the Brit reaching a third major final down under.
3) The Masters event in Miami proved to be the Olympic gold medalist’s only title on the ATP 1000 circuit in 2013, and it was a pretty special one due to the excitement of the final against Spain’s David Ferrer. It could have gone either way but it was the grand slam champion that negotiated his way to victory.
2) This win, in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, proved to be less routine than perhaps anticipated and is understandably overshadowed by the final and the very final game of the final. Fernando Verdasco’s rocket left-handed forehands and mesmorising serves had the home favourite struggling. Two sets down and looking like nothing he could do to break the marvel’s serve, somehow he got there; demonstrating his drive to win The Championships.
1) There isn’t a lot to say about this than what’s already been said. Incredible stuff and fully deserved, getting one big monkey off his strained back.
– Nathan Morley