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Davis Cup hero Andy Murray in the frame for Sports Personality Of The Year

Andy Murray made it a couple of days to remember as he backed up his team's historic Davis Cup victory with a nomination for the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year 2015.

The Scotsman's heroics with his tennis team-mates in Great Britain's victory at the weekend propelled him onto the shortlist alongside the likes of bookmakers' favourite heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill, and new heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury.

Murray won the personality gong in 2013 following his Wimbledon and Olympic success. This year's winner will be decided by a public vote and announced at a live event from Belfast on Sunday December 20.

The nod came as Murray and his Davis Cup team-mates dismissed the idea of a victory parade to mark their historic win in Ghent, Belgium, joking that no-one would turn up to see them.

Great Britain won the team tennis title for the first time in almost 80 years against Belgium on Sunday, but laughed off suggestions of an open-top bus tour on their return to the UK.

Asked if the triumph should be marked with a parade, Murray - who won three points in the final - joked: "I'm not sure anyone would come, we'd just be going round London seeing sights on our own and waving at buildings."

Captain Leon Smith added: "Yeah, that could backfire."

Two-time grand slam champion Murray has already described the Davis Cup win as the most emotional of his career, and has now gone further by saying he enjoyed it more than his Wimbledon victory two years ago.

"It was a nicer feeling than after Wimbledon, it might sound wrong to say but I didn't really enjoy that (Wimbledon), I was so relieved to have done it and didn't enjoy it as much, whereas here I enjoyed it so much more," the 28-year-old said.

"It wasn't so much relief, it was more pride and being around the guys and the team is really nice.

"Everyone has put in so much effort and to see how much it means to everybody and not just yourself makes it feel a bit better."

Speaking about their post-win celebrations, Murray said: "We all stayed in the hotel and our friends and family came round, and a lot of the fans were staying in the hotel or nearby so they were in the bar area and we chatted and spent a bit of time with them, so it was really nice.

"We don't get the chance to do that as a group ever really throughout the rest of the year so that was really nice."

Smith said: "The most important thing is to enjoy this, it's been an awful long time since Britain has won it so we should make sure we spend time together as a team and talk about all our stories."

Murray said the late finish to the season due to the Davis Cup means he will only have around 10 days off before starting training for next year, but he is planning to take February off with the birth of his first child with wife Kim due.

He said: "I can build myself up for Australia, give everything I've got there, then I get a break."

To laughter from his team-mates he added: "Well actually it might not be so much of a break in February but I'll be away from the court for a few weeks."

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