If you single-handedly mend your country’s 77-year heartbreak, you’re probably a lock to win every sporting award in the books.
Andy Murray was voted the BBC’s 2013 Sports Personality of the Year in a landslide, taking 56 percent of the vote. The award capped a year in which he triumphed at Wimbledon, made the Australian Open final for the third time and won four titles.
Murray accepted the trophy from Martina Navratilova via satellite in Miami, where he is preparing for the 2014 season after having back surgery in September. In addition to thanking his family and his team, the 26-year-old acknowledged his rocky relationship with the British public over the years and thanked it for its support.
“I know sometimes I’m not the easiest person to support, but I’ve had a lot of pressure on me for a long time. I’m glad I managed to do it.
“No matter how excited I try to sound, my voice always sounds boring,” Murray joked. “That’s just my voice. I’m sorry. I’m very excited right now. Thank you very much, everyone.”
In a somewhat controversial move, Adidas tweeted congratulations to Murray, which included the quote, “Not bad for a man with no personality.” The tweet was a jab at his critics, who claim he lacks charisma. However, those who didn’t understand the context saw the tweet as coming off rather bitter. Murray didn’t seem the least bit upset, though.
Murray beat out a field that included Olympian track star Mo Farah, cyclist Chris Froome and golfer Justin Rose. The winner received more votes than the rest of the contenders combined for the first time.
“To be the first tennis player in that length of time to win Wimbledon, with the pressure that was on him, and playing in an era where there are three of the greatest tennis players to have played the game in [Novak] Djokovic, [Rafael] Nadal and [Roger] Federer,” said jockey AP McCoy, who came in third. ”No disrespect to any of the other contenders, but I think it would have been totally unjust for anyone else to win this year.”
The satellite ceremony led to some unintentionally awkward moments through Murray’s presentation. It seems no matter how many technological advances have been made, we still can’t figure out the whole issue of satellite delays. You can watch Murray’s acceptance speech here:
(via The Guardian world news)