Andy Murray will not attend the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award ceremony on Sunday.
Murray will instead remain at his training base in Miami, where he is recuperating following back surgery, ahead of the Australian Open in January.
The Scot is expected to receive the annual award, held at First Direct Arena in Leeds, after he became the first Briton to win the men's singles title at Wimbledon in 77 years.
Andrew Flintoff was not present to collect his 2005 award, as he was touring with the England Test team in Pakistan at the time, and was instead shown receiving the trophy from Sir Ian Botham via a satellite link.
A BBC Sport statement read: "We are, of course, disappointed that Andy Murray cannot be in Leeds in person but are very much looking forward to him joining us live on the night via a link up.
"We’re looking forward to a fantastic night celebrating the 60th Sports Personality, with many former winners and some of the world’s biggest sport stars attending."
Murray was not in attendance for last year's do, either, when he finished runner-up to Sir Bradley Wiggins.
The Scot won the US Open and Olympic gold at London 2012, and also reached the Wimbledon final for the first time.
Don't see why Murray should disrupt his vital pre-season plan to fly back for #spoty. The BBC should go to him - not the other way round— amar singh (@amarjourno) December 10, 2013
Andy Murray misses SPOTY. If someone hasn't called Lennox Lewis there's something wrong with the world #TrophyHandover— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) December 10, 2013