Cheered on by a rowdy gaggle of Pimm’s-soaked strawberry chompers, Scotland’s Andy Murray has become the first British man to win Wimbledon for 77 years.
Watched by celebs like Wayne Rooney, Ronnie Wood, Bradley Cooper, and, er, his mum, Murray beat the pre-match favourite, narky Novak Djokovic, 3-0 in 100-degree heat at Sw19. On Sunday morning, the odds of Andy Murray winning 3-0 in sets had been a lofty 6/1.
Paddy Power (left) spent Sunday sweating too. But he’s been broken by Murray and was forced to order his private army of Oompa Loompas to execute one of our biggest refunds of the last couple of years. Between online and retail bets, it’s about £2m quid.
Big, not clever
To recap, Paddy had offered Money-Back if Andy Murray won Wimbledon, on outright single bets placed before the third round. It’s the kind of PP brainwave from the same school as our Barcelona Champions League offer in 2011 and Sprinter Sacre in 2012. Big and daft, in other words.
But, importantly for you guys, as the offer clicked it put real cash back in accounts to do as you please, and not just free bet redemptions, like other chancers.
- If you bet on Novak Djokovic you got a run for your money in the men’s Wimbledon final, and your cash back when he crumpled in the London heat.
- If you punted on the likes of Rafael Nadal (round one) or Roger Federer, who crashed out in the second round, you’ll also be refunded.
- If you punted on Andy Murray, congrats. You have top-class punting skills and are quids in this weekend.
So, celebrate Andy Murray’s multiple-nation-pleasing victory as you please – wear a kilt, buy an Ice Berger, get your hair done. It’s up to you.
It should help stave off that Monday morning fear a little. Unlike Paddy who’s been hauled before the bean-counters for 9am. Grim.
- Applies to single bets placed on the outright market before the start of Round 3 only.
- Applies to win part of each-way bets only.
- Max refund €100/£100 per customer.
- Paddy Power Tennis rules apply.