It’s been a stellar year for Andy Murray–the Scottish tennis superstar won the US Open for his first Grand Slam title, won the Men’s Tennis gold medal at the London Olympics and added the mixed doubles silver medal for good measure. He was the first UK men’s plyer in 100 years to win a tennis gold medal and even when he didn’t win he made history–he became the first UK tennis player to make the Wimbledon Men’s Finals since 1938 when Bunny Austin pulled the feat. He’s hoping to improve on that this year and become the first UK Men’s Wimbledon champ since the legendary Fred Perry in 1936.
Now he’s got another award symbolizing the respect and admiration of his countrymen. Murray has been named the 2012
UK Scottish Sportsperson of the Year at the Stirling Sports Awards. The awards are presented by ClubSport Stirling, a volunteer organization proving support and organizational assistance for sports groups in Scotland.
Murray is ranked #3 in the world and is currently training in Miami. He sent a statement thanking the organization for the recognition:
“Hi everyone, I’m so sorry I can’t be with you tonight to collect my award, I’m about to embark on my training block in Miami, basically my pre-season ahead of the Australian Open and with Ivan at the helm, it won’t be pretty!”
“I always love coming home, Stirling is a place close to my heart, and an award like this means a great deal. I can still remember the homecoming to Dunblane after the US Open win, such an amazing atmosphere, something I’ll never forget. I’m proud to be part of the local community and it’s great that sport is celebrated in this way here in Stirling. I’ll be back up soon though I promise thanks again and here’s to 2013 and sport in Scotland.”
Murray is also in the running for the UK’s biggest sports honor, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Murray isn’t expected to win this award–cyclist Bradley Wiggins is heavy favorite both among the public and in betting odds offered by UK bookmakers. In fact, many books are offering two betting markets–one with Wiggins (priced at 2/5 at Bet365) and one without him. Wiggins became the first Brit to win the Tour de France and also won a gold medal at the London Olympics. Murray is a #4 choice at 16/1 in the market with Wiggins, 7/2 in the market without Wiggins. The only nominee to not compete at the London Olympics is Irish golfer Rory McElroy priced at 125/1.