How do you cap off a season in which you’ve reached No. 1 in the world, and won Wimbledon and Olympic gold?

How about being recognized as your country’s greatest sportsperson—of all time?

In a poll conducted by Telegraph Sport of readers, correspondents and sports experts, Murray came out on top as the United Kingdom’s best athlete ever. Among athletes in sports ranging from rugby to soccer to cricket in Telegraph’s Top 100 list, Murray was the only tennis player to crack the Top 50.

“I am honoured to receive this award,” Murray said in the report. “It means a great deal, particularly when it has been voted on by the public and a panel of sportspeople—and journalists—I admire and respect.”

His mother, Judy Murray, accepted the award for the honor on his behalf since he’s in Miami training for the next year, and noted how he faces intense competition every time he takes the court.

“It’s all about consistency of world-class performance week in and week out, and he is playing in the strongest-ever era of men’s tennis,” she said.

It’s an achievement and recognition that even prompted a smile from Murray, known for getting caught up in the intensity of his grueling training sessions.


The latest honor is a fitting accomplishment for the world’s top-ranked male player.