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Andy Murray finished the 2016 season as the number one ranked men's tennis playergetty

The year is just getting better for tennis ace Andy Murray. The 29-year-old has been honoured with the 2016 Scottish Sports Personality of the Year at the Sunday Mail and sportscotland Scottish Sports Awards. The award comes in the same week that the Scot was voted as United Kingdom's greatest ever sportsperson in a poll conducted by the Telegraph.

Murray excelled this year and created history by becoming the first person from Great Britain to take the world number one spot since computerised rankings were introduced in 1973. He also became the second oldest person to reach the top spot since John Newcombe did it at the age of 30 in 1974.

The Glasgow-born player has reached three Grand Slam finals and won the Wimbledon Championship for a second time in his career. Murray's achievement can also be attributed to his team as the return of Ivan Lendl as his coach has helped him improve his game.

"Over the past 12 months he won his second Wimbledon title, became the first man to retain the Olympic men's singles crown, reached the finals at the Australian Open and French Open and ended the year by claiming his maiden victory at the ATP World Tour Finals, cementing his position as world number one after defeating Novak Djokovic in the final," said Stewart Harris, chief executive of sportsscotland, as quoted by Daily Record.

"It is the fifth time in the past six years that Andy has been named Sports Personality of the Year at the Sunday Mail and sportscotland Scottish Sports Awards and I congratulate him on his deserved success. He is a truly inspirational figure, not only in Scottish sport, but in global sport."

Meanwhile, wheelchair tennis star Gordon Reid won the Disability Sports Award, while Stirling University swimming coaches Ben Higson and Steve Tigg were jointly honoured with the Coach of the Year Award.