Lack of wife sup­port leaves Mur­ray be­mused

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS - By AGENCE FRANCEPRESSE in Lon­don

Andy Mur­ray was voted the BBC Sports Per­son­al­ity of the Year for a record third time on Sun­day de­spite his wife telling him she was vot­ing for one of his ri­vals.

The 29-year-old Mur­ray capped a mem­o­rable year in which he claimed his sec­ond Wim­ble­don and Olympic ti­tles, de­posed No­vak Djokovic as world No 1 and be­came a father for the first time.

He beat two-time Olympic triathlon cham­pion Alis­tair Brown­lee and Olympic showjump­ing gold medal­ist Nick Skel­ton in the pub­lic vote, with the re­sults an­nounced at a cer­e­mony in Birm­ing­ham.

“Ac­tu­ally, I’ve got a bone to pick with my wife (Kim) be­cause about an hour ago she told me she’d voted for Nick Skel­ton. Not smart for her with Christ­mas com­ing up,” joked Mur­ray, who was pre­sented with his tro­phy at his Miami train­ing base by former world heavy­weight box­ing cham­pion Len­nox Lewis.

Mur­ray, who also won the award in 2013 and 2015, added: “I’d like to thank ev­ery­one who voted — I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate your sup­port.

“Also I’d like to thank my fam­ily. I think my mom is in the crowd there (in Birm­ing­ham). I’d like to thank my dad as well, who just got mar­ried 10 days ago.

“A huge thanks to my wife and my daugh­ter (Sophia) — she won’t know what this means yet, but maybe in a few years she will.”

Le­ices­ter City man­ager Clau­dio Ranieri was named coach of the year af­ter guid­ing the Foxes to the Pre­mier League ti­tle.

Le­ices­ter, 5,000-1 to lift the tro­phy at the start of last sea- son, was voted team of the year.

Swim­mer Michael Phelps of the US re­ceived the life­time achieve­ment award af­ter win­ning five Olympic golds in Rio, tak­ing his tally to 23 and 28 medals in to­tal.

Amer­i­can teenage gym­nast Si­mone Biles was named Over­seas Sports Per­son­al­ity of the Year for her four gold medals and bronze in Rio.

KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH / AP

Andy Mur­ray of Bri­tain cel­e­brates af­ter beat­ing Canada’s Mi­los Raonic in the Wim­ble­don fi­nal on July 10.

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