When it comes to BBC Sports Personality of the Year, the voters are spoilt for choice with so many of our finest sports stars producing their very best this summer. Andy Murray’s US Open victory cemented his place in the list of possible winners of SPOTY and crowned a magnificent and emotional summer for the 25 year old from Scotland.
It all began at Wimbledon on that fateful Sunday afternoon in July. Reaching the Wimbledon final at last, Murray took the first set and looked on course to become Britain’s first Wimbledon winner for 76 years. But it all went horribly wrong as Roger Federer fought back as only he can to take the title, and who will forget those tears Murray shed as another Wimbledon dream was shattered.
…give him new belief…
This defeat, however, seemed to give him new belief and he went into the Olympic Games determined to win. He became Olympic Champion taking revenge over Federer in the final and securing yet another gold medal for Team GB. He also showed his mixed doubles prowess as Laura Robson and himself went on an unexpected run all the way to the final where they achieved the silver medal.
Coupled with new coach Ivan Lendl, Team Murray has gone from strength to strength this summer, riding out the difficult moments and producing some truly memorable ones along the way. And how fitting that a wonderful two months of sport, starting with Murray’s superb run to the Wimbledon final, should finish with his first Grand Slam victory at the US Open in an epic match against Novak Djokovic. Murray’s victory in five sets had us on the edge of our seats throughout featuring the longest tie break in US Open history in the first set, a magnificent fight back from Djokovic and then the crushing fifth set performance from Murray.
…how close he came…
Winning his first Grand Slam should give Andy Murray all the confidence he needs to go on and take many more titles. But I am sure his mind will still return to that Wimbledon final and how close he came to winning the most prestigious tennis title of all. He’ll be back there next year as a Grand Slam winner at last and maybe, just maybe, he’ll make his Wimbledon dreams come true.