Andy Murray Wins Battle of Betting FavoritesPublished July 9, 2013 by OCR Editor
Murray overcomes pre-tournament odds to beat Djokovic at Wimbledon.
In a grand slam tournament that produced so many surprises in both the men's and women's singles, it was fitting that Brit Andy Murray capped off Wimbledon 2013 by beating initial favorite Novak Djokovic for the title.
Andy Murray became Great Britains's first Wimbledon men's singles champion since 1936 when he defeated his Serbian rival Djokovic in straight sets at the All England Club's Center Court on Sunday, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.
Murray and Djokovic were second and first in sports betting prior to the tournament, but the other big names - Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and even Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - all fell to darkhorses in the earlier round. The betting favorites tumbled early in the women's singles too - Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka - paving the way for Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli to take the title.
Big Payout and 2014 Odds
Murray's win sparked a seven figure payout for William Hill. In a press release following the historic Wimbledon victory, Britain's biggest bookmaker called it "our worst ever Wimbledon result," adding "it had to happen someday and we can only thank our lucky starts that Tim [Henman never quite managed victory."
Wimbledon 2013 might be over, but betting continues. Murray is now odds on to be engaged to girlfriend Kim by next year's Wimbledon, 6/1 to be knighted by the same date and 1/10 to win BBC Sports Personality of the Year. However, he is 7/4 second favorite to win Wimbledon 2014, behind...you guessed it, Djokovic at 13/8.