Murray Proud To Win Sports Personality Award
21 December 2015, 07:07
Andy Murray put his double success at the Sports Personality of the Year awards down to the immense pride he feels in representing his country.
Murray won the main award for the second time in three years and also took the Team of the Year title along with his victorious Davis Cup team-mates.
Murray said: "You never can please everybody but I have tried my whole career to be myself as much as I could.
"I love competing for my country and my results when I have competed for my country are much better than when I am playing on my own.
"I do genuinely love it and I am proud to compete for Great Britain always. The support has always been there for me when I played in the biggest matches of my career.''
Murray starred as Great Britain ended a 79-year wait for the famous trophy with victory over Belgium in Ghent last month.
And he was rewarded with 361,446 votes ahead of former Leeds Rhinos star Kevin Sinfield, who came second with 278,353 after a successful campaign by the rugby league community.
Together, Murray and Sinfield polled almost two thirds of the 1,009,498 registered votes, with Jessica Ennis-Hill placing third with 79,898 votes and controversial boxer Tyson Fury finishing fourth.
Fury, who had been met with a small but vocal protest outside the venue in Belfast, apologised for his controversial comments concerning homosexuals and the role of women.
"I've said a lot of stuff in the past and none of it with intentions to hurt anybody,'' Fury said.
"It's all very tongue-in-cheek, it's all fun and games to me. I'm not a very serious kind of person - it's all very happy-go-lucky with Tyson Fury.
"If I've said anything in the past that's hurt anybody, I apologise.''
Jockey AP McCoy - crowned Sports Personality in 2010 - added the Lifetime Achievement Award after bringing his illustrious career to a close in April.