Novak Djokovic knows it will be tough to retain his world No 1 ranking

Novak Djokovic appoints Boris Becker as head coach in move described as 'very bold'

The German has not worked with any players since his retirement and has instead focused on punditry

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Choice of delegates appears a statement on controversial laws in Russia

President Obama announces Billie Jean King as one of two openly gay delegates for Sochi Winter Olympics ceremony

Tennis great King will be joined by gay ice hockey player Caitlin Cahow

Andy Murray, who won Wimbledon this year, will be the first tennis player to win the award since 1997

Andy Murray set for competitive return in Abu Dhabi after recovering from a long-standing back problem

Murray underwent an operation on his back in September but will make his long-awaited return to action next week

Tennis star Andy Murray wins SPOTY, Adidas tweet: 'Not bad for a man with no personality'

Adidas has taken a shot at Andy Murray’s critics, tweeting a picture of the sportsman with the caption: “Not bad for a man with no personality.”

Chris Chataway was the first winner of the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year in 1954

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Murray may well be named BBC Sports Personality of the Year tonight, but he won’t be there

Strong return: Ross Hutchins was diagnosed with cancer a year ago

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Ross Hutchins says Andy Murray winning Wimbledon this year meant more to him than beating cancer. The British doubles player is on the verge of making his comeback after missing the whole of last season to battle Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

David Cameron, Prime Minister

David Cameron puts new balls at top of Christmas list

David Cameron has revealed he would like some 'squidgy tennis balls' and 'peace and quiet' for Christmas, but said that only one can be a guarantee (despite MPs’ 17-day break)

Sport funding: Football faces funding cut after participation fall

Football and tennis have been warned that their funding is at risk after both saw a decline in participation in England.

Sport England will have meeting with both the FA and the LTA after participation levels dropped

Sport England warn that both football and tennis could have funding reduced following drops in participation levels

Sport England will hold meetings with both the Football Association and the Lawn Tennis Association in order to address the alarming decline

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Following on from his Olympic gold and victory in the 2012 US Open, 2013 saw the Scot go on to win the tournament that really mattered to British sports fans. The 77-year wait for a British champion of Wimbledon was brought to an end when the 26-year-old beat Novak Djokovic in the final. He also reached the final of the Australian Open in January.

Sports Personality of the Year: Andy Murray will not attend ceremony, despite being favourite to lift award

The Scot is expected to win the prize, which is voted for by the public

Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski take a ride on the Emirates Airline

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The three Germany internationals discuss the delights of the capital

DJ Campbell, pictured playing for Ipswich last season (but has since joined Blackburn Rovers), is one of six men arrested over match-fixing allegations

Match-fixing: FA general secretary insists problems are not widespread

However, Alex Horne warns against complacency on the issue

Pope Francis caresses a sick person in Saint Peter's Square at the end of his General Audience in Vatican City

Pope Francis, Miley Cyrus and a Briton winning Wimbledon: Facebook's 2013 year in review unveiled

New charismatic pontiff became a social media phenomenon in 2013

Greg Rusedski plays a forehand during his match against Pat Rafter at the Royal Albert Hall

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Greg Rusedski believes that Andy Murray’s main goal when he returns to competition in the new year will be to become world No 1.

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