Current world No. 1 tennis player, Andy Murray, has won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award for a record third time, and has become the first to retain the award in successive years.
In a year regarded as his most successful year in tennis, Murray won the Olympic gold in Rio, claimed the Wimbledon Grand Slam, and ended the year as his sport’s number one player after defeating Novak Djokovic at the ATP World Tour Finals – a title he won for the first time.
The award was announced in Birmingham’s Genting Arena with some of sport’s true greats looking on, including the world’s most decorated Olympian Michael Phelps, who was handed a lifetime achievement award by the BBC.
Murray, 29, won the Sports Personality of the Year award in 2013, in 2015 and now in 2016. He sets a new record as the first person to retain the award in successive years.
He received the award from Britain’s former world heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis via video link at his pre-season training camp in Miami where he’s preparing for the traditional first Grand Slam of the season – Australian Open – coming up January in Melbourne.
“It’s been a great year for British sport and I am so proud to have been a part of it.
“I’d also like to thank my family. I think my mum is in the crowd there. I’d like to thank my dad as well, who just got married 10 days ago, I miss you guys,” said Murray.
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