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Andy Murray wins Sports Personality of the Year again

December 19, 2016

Andy Murray has spent the year breaking new ground on the tennis court - and now he has yet another prize in his hands after being named the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for an unprecedented third time.

Having won the prize after his first Wimbledon victory in 2013 and again last year after leading Great Britain to the Davis Cup, Murray was rewarded for a sensational year in which he won Wimbledon again, a second Olympic gold medal and became world number one for the first time, securing his first ATP World Tour Finals trophy in the process. In addition, he became a father for the first time.

Murray picked up 247,419 votes, more than twice as many as second-placed Alistair Brownlee, whose year included a second successive Olympic triathlon gold medal and a remarkable act of selflessness when he surrendered his chance of the world title by helping his staggering brother Jonny over the line.

Delivering his victory speech from his end-of-year training base in Miami, Murray paid tribute to his family for their support, although he revealed he had a "bone to pick" with wife Kim, who voted for third-placed Nick Skelton.

Murray won all three tournaments he played in London during the year, having set another record in the Aegon Championships as the first man to win the annual tournament at the Queen's Club three years running. Fans booking corporate hospitality for the 2017 event can be sure they will have much to look forward to, after the event was named ATP 500 tournament of the year for 2016 last week. Having been honoured as the best ATP 250 competition in 2014 and the best ATP 500 tournament of 2015 in its inaugural year at that level, this was a remarkable hat-trick.

Another thing fans can look forward to is seeing Murray motivated to push on to more glory. Even though he will turn 30 in 2017, the Scot is determined to improve.

He told the BBC: "I know staying at the top is a really difficult thing to do. I'm not taking anything for granted."

"I'm sure Novak [Djokovic] will be wanting to get back to the top spot, but it's taken me so long to get here that I want to stay there as long as I can, and that's why I'm over here now."

He concluded: "I'm working on my game and trying to get myself in shape so I can start 2017 as best as possible."

Djokovic may be about to signal his intent as he looks for a new coach, having recently parted with Boris Becker. The German legend said the Serb had lost some focus after completing the clean sweep of Grand Slams at the French Open in June.

Another player who will be keen to challenge Murray in 2017 will be Rafael Nadal. He has just appointed Carlos Moya to his coaching team. Moya recently parted company with world number three Milos Raonic.

In addition to Murray's BBC prize, Leicester City won team of the year for their extraordinary feat in winning the Premier League despite bookies' odds of 5,000-1 against them, while their boss Claudio Ranieri was coach of the year and American swimmer Michael Phelps picked up a lifetime achievement award.

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