We are showcasing each of the 16 contenders in the run-up to the Sports Personality of the Year award on 18 December. Today – Andy Murray and Adam Peaty.
Andy Murray – Age: 29 Sport: Tennis
Won a second Wimbledon title and retained his Olympic tennis crown in Rio.
The Scot became world number one for the first time and will end the year top of the rankings after his 24th consecutive win clinched the ATP World Tour finals.
He finished runner-up at both the French and Australian Opens and helped Great Britain to the Davis Cup semi-finals, where they lost narrowly to Argentina.
Began playing tennis aged three and was initially coached, with older brother Jamie, by mother Judy.
The brothers survived the 1996 shootings at Dunblane Primary school, in which 16 children and one teacher died.
Their tennis success (Jamie is world doubles number one with Bruno Soares) has created a positive story for the town.
Andy won his first major junior championship, Florida’s Orange Bowl, aged 12 and within five years was the world junior number one.
He appeared destined for major success and in 2012 won gold at the London Olympics and claimed his first Grand Slam, the US Open. A year later, he became Wimbledon’s first British men’s singles champion since 1936.
His second Olympic and Wimbledon titles, and world number one ranking, were part of a memorable 2016 in which he also became a father, as wife Kim gave birth to daughter Sophie.
What he said: “To be world number one is very special.”
Simon Riley: “He’s been utterly phenomenal and there can be no other winner for me.”
Jen McDonald: “If anyone other than Andy Murray wins it makes no sense. It’s a shame for the others but his achievements are in another league.”
Amanda C: “Won Wimbledon, retained Olympic gold medal & became the world number one. Dedication, perseverance, fighting spirit.”
Sports Personality record: Winner, 2013 and 2015; Third, 2012; Fifth 2011; Seventh, 2009; Sixth, 2008; Eighth, 2007. Also nominated 2005, 2006. Young Sports Personality 2004.
Schemes such as ‘Tennis for Free’ have made the sport much more accessible.
Visit the Get Inspired website to find out more on how to get into tennis.
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