Scottish tennis star Andy Murray has been named the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year.

The 26-year-old Murray won Wimbledon in July, becoming the first British man to win tennis' premier event in 77 years.

The awards ceremony was held Sunday night in Leeds, but Murray accepted the honor in Miami, where he is preparing for the upcoming tennis season.

Former tennis player Martina Navratilova presented the trophy in Miami to Murray, with a satellite link beaming the images to those participating in the ceremony in Leeds.

"I'd like to thank all the public who voted, for giving me so much support over the last couple of years," Murray said. "It's made a huge difference."

"I've got a few people to thank - my family first. A lot are there in the crowd. They've supported me since I was a kid, making a lot of sacrifices for me. I couldn't have done it without you," Murray said.

Sebastian Vettel, who won a fourth consecutive Formula One title, was named Overseas Sports Personality of the Year.

The Sports Personality of the Year Diamond Award went to Alex Ferguson, who retired in May after more than 26 years as Manchester United's manager. EFE