Andy Murray was last night voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year. This is the second Murray has won the award after previously being voted the winner by BBC viewers in 2013. Murray joins Henry Cooper, Nigel Mansell and Damon Hill in winning the award twice.
Murray received over 350,000 votes, with rugby league veteran Kevin Sinfield finishing second and Jessica Ennis-Hill came in third place. While newly crowned Heavyweight World Champion Tyson Fury came in fourth place. The instant reaction from many people on social media to Murray’s triumph was that Murray hasn’t got a personality. But no one can argue that Murray doesn’t deserve the award due to his abilities on the Tennis court.
2015 has seen Murray end the year as No.2 in the ATP World Rankings, behind Novak Djokovic. He has also been influential in Great Britain winning the Davis Cup. It was the tenth time Great Britain had lifted the famous trophy but the first time for 79 years.
Having won major titles including Wimbledon and the Olympic title already in his career, it was clear that Murray’s main objective this year was help Britain to Davis Cup success. Murray and his team-mates completed their journey in the Davis Cup by beating Belgium in the final.
Davis Cup Success
That journey began with a first-round tie against America in March, the tie was played in Glasgow. Murray completed wins over Donald Young and John Isner in the singles as Britain completed a 3-2 win over America to book their place in the quarter-finals.
The quarter-finals saw Britain coming up against France, the tie took place in July. Once again Murray won both his singles rubbers, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gilles Simon. He also partnered his brother Jamie, in the doubles as they defeated Mahut and Tsonga as Britain won the tie 3-1.
The semi-finals pitted Britain against Australia, with the tie taking place in September. Britain won the tie 3-2 with Murray wining both of his singles rubbers and once again he partnered his brother in the crucial doubles rubber. The reward for Britain was a place in the final against Belgium.
The final was played in Ghent, Belgium on a indoor clay court. Murray beat Ruben Bemelmans in the second singles rubber on day one. That win levelled the scores at 1-1. The doubles rubber saw the Murray brothers teaming up to beat Steve Darcis and David Goffin. Meaning Britain needed just one win from the two reverse singles on the final day.
Murray sealed a 3-1 win for Britain in the tie as he beat David Goffin in four sets to seal the Davis Cup win for Great Briatin, their first since 1936. Murray became only the third player to win all eight of his singles in a Davis Cup season.
As well as the Davis Cup triumph, Murray enjoyed success on ATP Tour on four occasions. Winning tournaments at Munich, Madrid, Queen’s and Montreal.
2016 could be another exciting year for Murray, with the upcoming birth of his first child off the court. On the tennis court Murray will be focus on adding to his two Grand Slam titles and defending his Olympic title in Rio. Whilst also helping Great Britain defend the Davis Cup.