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Murray set to skip BBC Sports Personality awards

Andy Murray is one of the big favourites to win the sporting version of X-Factor, otherwise known as BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, but don't expect to see him at the ceremony.

The Scot has enjoyed his best ever season - winning his first Grand Slam title at the US Open as well as a gold and silver at the London 2012 Olympics.

Murray is currently the third favourite for the award with the bookmakers after only Bradley Wiggins and Mo Farah but he has other priorities that come before the event at London's Excel Arena on December 16th.

"That period of the year for me is so, so important," Murray admitted.

"The first tournaments of the year are in one of the hottest places you can play, in the middle of the Australian summer, and missing three or four days of training — if I were to get tired in the fifth set of a match in the final of the Australian Open and  struggled physically for the last 10 or 15 minutes, who knows?

"Those three days could make that little bit of difference. That is the reason why I probably won't be going."

Murray has never even finished in the top three of the voting for the SPOTY award.

Last year cyclist Mark Cavendish won the award ahead of Darren Clarke and Mo Farah.

Eurosport Yahoo! has no preference over who should win the top award but it urges you to get behind Alex Zanardi for the international award.

Read why we think he is the only man for that honour here.