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Andy Murray Voted Second Greatest BBC Sports Personality Of All Time

More than 11,000 people took part in the poll ran by The Radio Times.

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Three-time grand slam champion Andy Murray may have had a difficult 2018 season, but he has been given reason to celebrate at the end of the year.

 

The former world No.1 has finished second in a public poll concerning the greatest BBC Sports Personality of all time. More than 11,000 people voted in the poll, which was conducted by The Radio Times to mark the 65th anniversary of the awards ceremony. Readers were asked to vote for their favourite winner of the past.

Murray is a three-time winner the BBC Sports Personality of The Year. Receiving the honour in 2013, 2015 and 2016. He has won the award more times than any other athlete in history. Murray also finished third at the 2012 ceremony. He is one of only four tennis players to have received the honour. The others are Anne Jones (1969), Virginia Wade (1977) and Greg Rusedski (1997).

The 31-year-old returned to the tour in June after spending almost a year out due to a hip injury that required surgery in January. Since returning, Murray has played in six tournaments with his best run being to the quarter-final of the Washington Open. At the US Open the three-time grand slam champion defeated James Duckworth before falling to Fernando Verdasco in the second round. Murray cut short his season at the end of September in order to have a longer off-season period to train.

“I’m feeling physically a little bit better every day,” Murray recently said in a video made for the upcoming Brisbane International. “It’s obviously been a tough year with the hip injury and the surgery, but I’m getting closer. I’ve been practising already for a few days and I’ve still got a couple of months to get myself in the best shape.”
“I’ll be doing my off-season training in Miami. I’ve spent four or five weeks over in Philadelphia doing a lot of off-court training. Then in December I’m going to get to Miami and do three or four weeks of training in the hot conditions there and spending a lot more time in the hot conditions there to get myself ready.” He added.

Murray, who is currently ranked 260th in the world, was denied the title of the greatest BBC Sports personality of all time by football icon Bobby Moore. Moore was the captain of the 1966 English football team that won the World Cup.

Full results: Greatest Sports Personality of All Time

1: Bobby Moore (1966)
2: Sir Andy Murray (2013, 2015, 2016)
3: Lewis Hamilton (2014)
4: Sir Steve Redgrave (2000)
5: Sir Chris Hoy (2008)
6: Sir Mo Farah (2017)
7: Daley Thompson (1982)
8: David Beckham (2001)
9: Torvill and Dean (1984)
10: Paul Gascoigne (1990)
10: Sir Ian Botham (1981)
11: Jonny Wilkinson (2003)
12: AP McCoy (2010)
13: Sir Henry Cooper (1967, 1970)
14: Paula Radcliffe (2002)
15: Andrew Flintoff (2005)
16: Sir Bradley Wiggins (2012)
17: Joe Calzaghe (2007)
17: Dame Kelly Holmes (2004)
17: Lord Sebastian Coe (1979)
17: John Surtees (1959)
18: Ryan Giggs (2009)
18: Dame Mary Peters (1972)
19: Sir Chris Chataway (1954)
20: Sir Stirling Moss (1961)

Note: date is the year the athlete was named BBC Sports Personality.

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Andy Murray’s ‘Tennis In 2020’ Caption Praised By Rising Star Gauff

Why a recent Instagram post from the three-time Grand Slam champion has been hailed by the teenage sensation.

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Coco Gauff has branded Andy Murray a ‘great ally’ for diversity after the former world No.1 highlighted an article about the lack of members from non-white backgrounds at the Lawn Tennis Association and All England Club.

 

The former world No.1 uploaded a screenshot of an interview conducted by The Times newspaper with MaliVai Washington who is the last black man to reach a Wimbledon final back in 1996. The article reported that none of the 24 board members of the two organisations are Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME). In Murray’s Instagram along with the picture he wrote the caption ‘Tennis in 2020’ followed by a confused emoji.

16-year-old Gauff has hailed the Brit for speaking out on the issue. Speaking to reporters following her 1-6, 7-6, 7-6(2), loss to Aryna Sabalenka in Ostrava on Thursday, the world No.55 said it was important to have people like Murray commenting on these issues.

“Nothing’s wrong with asking for more diversity. For him to say that is definitely inspiring, especially with him being a man and white,” Reuters news agency quoted Gauff as saying.
“For someone like him to call for diversity, it shows how great an ally he is… I love what Andy is doing on and off the court. He’s one of my favourite players to watch.
“It’s important we do have diversity, because there are people from all over the world from different backgrounds and areas and I think representation is important. At least for me, as a girl… seeing yourself being represented means a lot.”

Murray is renowned for speaking out about equality issues in tennis and was one of the first top players on the ATP Tour to hire a female coach when he collaborated with Amelie Mauresmo. In an article written for the BBC back in 2017 he said ‘anyone who has spent any time with any of the top women will know that they make those same sacrifices and are as determined and committed to winning as any of the top men on the tour.’

More recently Murray has also come out in favour of renaming the Margaret Court Arena at the Australian Open due to the former player’s controversial statements about the LGBT community.

Despite her young age, Gauff has also been vocal about social issues and addressed a peaceful Black Lives Matter rally in her home town of Delray Beach, Florida earlier this year where she called for change.

Coincidentally during the same week as Murray’s post, Wimbledon has appointed its first ever BAME member to its main board. The Daily Mail has confirmed that former player and Fed Cup captain Anne Keothavong will join the board in a bit to increase diversity. The 37-year-old was born in the London borough of Hackney after her parents left Laos in the 1970s.

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Milos Raonic reaches his fifth quarter final this season in Antwerp

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This year’s Western and Southern Open Championships Milos Raonic edged Cameron Norrie 7-5 7-6 (7-4) after 1 hour and 49 minutes at the European Open in Antwerp to reach his fifth quarter final on the ATP Tour this season.

 

Norrie saved three break points in the first game of the opening set and one more chance in the the fifth game, but Raonic broke serve in the 11th game to win the opening set 7-5. 

The second set went on serve en route to tie-break. Raonic earned two mini-breaks to earn three match points at 6-3. Norrie got back one of the two mini-break points, but Raonic sealed the win on his second match point. 

The Canadian player has got through to his second consecutive quarter final one week after advancing to the semifinal in St. Petersburg last week. The 2016 Wimbledon finalist has improved his win-loss record to 19-8 this year. 

Raonic is bidding to win his first ATP Tour title since his win over Roger Federer in the 2016 Brisbane final.  

Raonic set up a quarter final clash against Grigor Dimitrov, who leads 3-2 in his previous head-to-head matches against his Canadian rival. 

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Aryna Sabalenka comes from a double break down to beat Coco Gauff in Ostrava

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Third seed Aryna Sabalenka came back from a double break down in the third set to beat US qualifier Coco Gauff 1-6 7-5 7-6 (7-2) after 2 hours and 13 minutes in the second round of the J&T Banka Ostrava Open.

 

Sabalenka avenged her defeat against Gauff, who won their recent head-to-head match in Lexington by the scoreline of 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 6-4 in 2 hours and 48 minutes. 

Sabalenka faced the first break point of the match in the fourth game , as she netted a smash. Gauff converted it with a backhand over the baseline. The US 16-year-old player went up a double break with two passing shots to race to a 5-1 lead. She closed out the first set 6-1 with three service winners. 

Neither player faced a break point in the first 11 games, but each came back from 0-30 down twice. Gauff netted a forehand at deuce on Sabalenka’s serve at 5-5 and was broken for the first time in the next game with consecutive forehand errors. 

Gauff went up a double break to open up a 3-0 lead, as Sabalenka sent a backhand over the baseline. Sabalenka pulled one the two breaks back in the fourth game to claw her way back to 2-3, but she faced a break point in the seventh game after three double faults. Gauff converted her double break point chance to take a 5-2 lead with a lob. 

Sabalenka broke serve to claw her way back to 3-5, as Gauff made three unforced errors and a double fault. The 22-year-old Belarusian player pulled the second break back in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5. 

Sabalenka had a chance for a double match point, but she sent a forehand volley into the the tramlines. Gauff forced the decisive set to the tie-break. Sabalenka got a double mini-break to race out to a 4-0 lead and closed out the match with her fourth ace. 

“I would say today was a really good level compared to last time. After the last match I knew there were going to be long rallies and short balls, and that I have to step in every time on court, and that I have to step in every time on court, stay aggressive and don’t be afraid to come into net. She is a great player, she is so young and she is moving really well. It’s long rallies all the time and it’s not easy to make a winner or find a way of finishing the point against her. She is great. She is 16 and she is playing on this level. I would like to be on this level when I was 16”, said Sabalenka. 

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