Andy Murray hot favourite for 2016 SPOTY crown after Wimbledon win
Andy Murray catapulted into the upper echelons of British sporting history on Centre Court at Wimbledon yesterday afternoon, as the Scot regained the Wimbledon crown with an emphatic 3-0 success over Milos Raonic, and in an 18-month period that has seen him get married, become a father and single-handedly inspire a British Davis Cup success, the clock will be ticking for the tennis icon to be handed a Knighthood.
- Andy Murray set for hat-trick of SPOTY titles after Wimbledon success
- Rio Olympics is sure to throw up some sporting stars
- Masters champion Willett another notable name
But, here we shall leave the thoughts of the imminent Sir Andy and concentrate on a betting-based topic, and unsurprisingly as the Scottish superstar held aloft the Men's singles crown to an ebullient SW19 crowd, his odds to be crowned 2016 Sports Personality of the Year crashed quicker than the pound following Brexit.
Majestic Murray Destined For SPOTY Hat-Trick
His Wimbledon task may have been made easier following Novak Djokovic's shock defeat in the middle of the tournament, but Murray's dominance shone throughout the event, and there were very few worrying moments for the 2013 champion as he outclassed Raonic and dominated the crucial points.
An excitable celebration from the 29-year-old showed what winning a second Wimbledon crown meant to him, as he joined a host of illustrious names to have become a multiple winner of the Grand Slam showpiece, but it's his emergence as Britain's finest sporting athlete of his generation that has seen him become widely regarded as one of the best British sportsman in history.
His Davis Cup heroics at the end of last season saw him crowned SPOTY, as he helped recapture the coveted crown after decades of woe, but with the pressure on to shine on Centre Court again he rose to the challenge, and if the SPOTY polls were to come out now then the Evens available with bet365 is arguably the best bet of the entire year.
As Wales flew the flag for British football at Euro 2016 with England's woeful demise to Iceland, it was Scotland who shone brightest on a day that saw Portugal crowned champions of Europe, as Murray showed why he is one of the finest talents to emerge from this Great nation, and a third walk up to receive his SPOTY is surely round the corner in five months.
Olympic Year Could Throw Up A Curveball
This unique prize has often seen competitors emerge from left-field, and in an Olympic year it would be no surprise to see a new British sporting sensation emerge over the next few months, as we gear up to a spectacular showpiece of sport in Rio, and all eyes will no doubt head towards the darling of Athletics Jessica Ennis-Hill, who will aim to shine in the Heptathlon again, and she is 11/1 with Coral to lifty the SPOTY trophy.
Fellow heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson is an emerging prospect in the seven-event showpiece, and KJT could become a household name if she was to perform to her very best, so she is interesting at 20/1 with Ladbrokes, while Laura Trott (33/1) and the dominant middle-distance superstar Mo Farah (20/1) are just another couple of superstars that could shine in South America next month.
Willett, Joshua, Froome Add More Depth To British Talent
Danny Willett's golfing heroics earlier in the year may have been forgotten by many, but his stunning win in the Masters at Augusta saw him steal the limelight, but the 33/1 shot with bet365 may have to lift the Open Championship at Troon this week if he is to be in with a chance, while Rory McIlroy (80/1) is another that will have to hold the Claret Jug if he is to be a factor.
Anthony Joshua may not have reached the achievements of Tyson Fury, but the former has a rapport with the fans, so with this popularity contest he is sure to be a popular selection, but at 8/1 with Ladbrokes is far too skinny, with Chris Froome (20/1) another who works his way on to the shortlist, and at the time of writing he is leading the Tour de France, but he may struggle to gain the votes in a year that will see British sport blossom again.
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