Can Andy Murray's Wimbledon Performance Increase His Chance Of Winning Sports Personality Of The Year?

Andy Murray finally entered the record books this week, not for the reasons he wanted but because he was the first Brit in 70 years to reach a Wimbledon final. Whilst this is of course an honourable medal to wear, he would have much preferred to have had his name etched on the Wimbledon walls as winner of the Lawn Tennis Associations' premier prize. However there are other trophies that he is lined up for, one of course is the Gold Medal at the Olympics and the other which does not have the likes of Nadal and Federer included the BBC's Sports Personality of The Year trophy

Given his remarkable achievement in British tennis history you would think that Murray would be at the top of this particular Odds table but bookmakers Paddy Power have him at third place to win this prize at 7/1. Andy Murray whilst already the most successful British tennis player in 60 years, has had a battle with public opinion from the outset. His manner has often been interpreted as surly and abrasive and whilst more successful than Henman or Jeremy Bates he has never been taken to the public's hearts.

The likelihood that he could win the BBC's prize is not only effected by Murray's awkward relationship with the public but his success comes in a year when many other British sportsmen/women will be expected to shine. It will be hoped, if not expected, that Team GB will be celebrating Gold medals in a variety of different disciplines and that it is these success stories that will point the way to the BBC trophy.

The cyclist Bradley Wiggins is favourite at the moment at 15/8, but a short distance behind him heptathlete Jessica Ennis at 7/2 looks in with a good chance if she can deliver in London. Ennis has been cited as one of the country's biggest hopes for Gold this summer and whilst that pressure may effect her performance, it does make sense that anyone who stands on the Winners' podium in the summer will carry the hearts and minds of the voters to the BBC's ceremony in December. Mo Farah, Rebecca Adlington , Ben Ainslie and Tom Daly are all in the top ten. One fact that is worth noting is that Paddy Power are taking each way bets on this market so a speculative punt now could prove to be worthwhile.

Sports Personality Of The Year Odds

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J Ennis 7/2

A Murray. 7/1

M Farah 8/1

R Adlington 12/1

B Ainslie 20/1

Posted: Tuesday, 10th July 2012
Author: Suzi Flute

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