The Surrey-based superstar is the favourite to lift the BBC’s coveted sporting crown for an unprecedented third time, writes Tom Cann.
World Number One Andy Murray, who is based in Oxshott, has once again been nominated for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year. The tennis star has already won the award twice, in 2013 and 2015, and so could become the first ever person to win SPOTY for a third time.
The Scotsman has already been widely acclaimed as the best British sportsperson of all time, after this year winning his second gold medal at the Rio Olympics, winning Wimbledon again, and finishing runner-up at both the French and Australian Open. And all this was done, while he became a father for the first time.
Murray is leading the shortlist so far, with only two non-Olympians nominated for the award, footballers Jamie Vardy and Gareth Bale. Triathlete Alistair Brownlee is tipped to come second, with Mo Farah and Jason Kenny fighting for third, according to the bookies.
Surrey’s resident tennis superstar isn’t the only Murray who has had a great year, Andy’s brother Jamie has also become World Number One, this time in the Doubles.
The winner of SPOTY will be decided at the Genting Arena in Birmingham on the 18th December, but Murray himself won’t be there, as he will be training in America at the time.