Andy Murray wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2013

Andy Murray has been voted the 2013 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The 26-year-old Scot became the first Briton in 77 years to win the Wimbledon men’s singles title with victory over Novak Djokovic in the summer.

British and Irish Lions player Leigh Halfpenny was runner-up at the ceremony in Leeds, with jockey AP McCoy third.

“I’d like to thank all the public who voted, for giving me so much support over the last couple of years,” said Murray. “It’s made a huge difference.”

Murray is the fourth tennis player to win the award in its 60-year history, after Ann Jones in 1969, Virginia Wade in 1977 and Greg Rusedski in 1997.

Past 10 winners

  • 2013: Andy Murray (tennis)
  • 2012: Bradley Wiggins (cycling)
  • 2011: Mark Cavendish (cycling)
  • 2010: Tony McCoy (horse racing)
  • 2009: Ryan Giggs (football)
  • 2008: Sir Chris Hoy (cycling)
  • 2007: Joe Calzaghe (boxing)
  • 2006: Zara Phillips (Equestrian)
  • 2005: Andrew Flintoff (cricket)
  • 2004: Dame Kelly Holmes (athletics)

The ceremony was held at the First Direct Arena although Murray was presented with the award in Miami where he is training ahead of the new season.

Martina Navratilova, the 18-time Grand Slam champion, handed the trophy over.

Murray said: “Thanks to Martina for giving this to me. She’s possibly the greatest tennis player of all time.

“I’ve got a few people to thank – my family first. A lot are there in the crowd. They’ve supported me since I was a kid, making a lot of sacrifices for me. I couldn’t have done it without you.

“My team are also all standing behind the camera here. They’ve been with me for a long time and I also couldn’t have done it without them. Thank you to all of them.”

Of the public, he added: “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 – that’s just my voice. I’m sorry. I’m very excited right now. Thank you very much everyone.”

The British and Irish Lions were crowned Team of the Year after ending a 16-year wait for a series win with a 2-1 victory over Australia, with Warren Gatland making it a double celebration as he was named Coach of the Year.

The other winners were:

  • Overseas Sports Personality of the Year: Sebastian Vettel, who won a fourth consecutive Formula One title in October.
  • Young Sports Personality of the Year: Amber Hill, who at 15 became the youngest winner of a senior World Cup in skeet shooting and finished the season ranked number one senior in Great Britain and number five in the world.
  • Sports Personality of the Year Diamond Award: Sir Alex Ferguson, who retired in May after 26 years as Manchester United manager during which he won 38 trophies.
  • Helen Rollason Award: Anne Williams, the Hillsborough justice campaigner, who died in April.
  • Sports Unsung Hero: Joe and Maggie Forber, for their work promoting basketball in Manchester.