Andy Murray names who he thinks could win the Sports Personality of the Year award

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What a 12 months it has been for Andy Murray.

Many British tennis fans didn't think it could get any better after Murray fired Leon Smith's team to glory in the Davis Cup last year but somehow the Scot has been able to surpass his own remarkable achievements.

Winning Queen's, Wimbledon, Olympic Gold at Rio alone would represent an impressive year by anyone's standards but Murray was never going to settle for that.

Another six titles were still to come in 2016, culminating in the 29-year-old being crowned the world number one just a few weeks ago and cementing his ranking at the end of season ATP Finals against Novak Djokovic last Sunday.

So you can understand why GB's flagbearer at the opening ceremony in Rio is being considered a shoo-in for the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year award.

The 2013 and 2015 winner is the odds-on favourite according to the bookies but when asked about his chances of retaining the accolade, Murray was less certain.

Of his closest contenders, the Scot reserved special praise for the Brownlee brothers, who he can relate to after his own brother Jamie enjoyed a similarly successful year.

"The Brownlee brothers — what they have done throughout the whole year is pretty amazing and I see that as pretty cool because I have a similar thing with my own brother," said Murray, as per the Daily Mail.

"The thing that happened a few months after the Olympics was pretty cool (Alistair helping Jonny across the line) and a nice thing to see as well, that it is not just a win-at-all-costs mentality.

"I have no idea who will win it but in an Olympic year it is always tough to pick because there are so many great performances."

Of course, only one person can win the award so we'd assume he is referring to the current second favourite and older Brownlee brother, Alistair.

After an already hectic year, Murray has had to change his usual post and pre-season plans as a result of his father's upcoming wedding.

Consequentially, Murray has revealed he will be unable to attend this year's SPOTY ceremony - set to take place on December 18.

He added: "I don’t think I am going to be able to go this year but I would have done if my dad wasn’t getting married.

"I would have gone to Miami a bit earlier and then would have come back for it. But because I am not able to go to Miami until then, I am only going to get two weeks’ training in.

"If I was to come back I’d lose a few days and I can’t really afford to. I’ve got my father’s stag do next weekend then he is getting married the following weekend."

That means that if, as expected, he does win the award, Murray will be presented the trophy in the States. Hopefully, it doesn't look quite as awkward as it did in the video below from 2013.

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