‘Britain’s Andy Murray’ or ‘Scotland’s Andy Murray’? Usually the answer to this question depends on two factors – firstly who you’re asking, and secondly whether Murray himself is still in with a chance of winning whatever major tournament is taking place at the time. Clearly Andy Murray is both technically Scottish and British, but it’s not up to him how he’s represented by the rest of us. If he’s winning he’s a British hero, if he’s losing he’s a Scot. A lot like how ‘American pop star Justin Bieber’ quickly became ‘Canadian pop star Justin Bieber’ once everyone realised quite how annoying he is.
But the Paddy Power Blog team can put an end to the Andy Murray debate, kind of. By looking at the betting book for Wimbledon this year it is clear that Scotland treat Andy Murray very much as their own, while English punters are far happier supporting someone else.
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Incidentally, punters from Southampton apparently have a huge anti-Murray bias. Just 13 per cent of punters from Southampton were on Murray’s side for Wimbledon last year, and that figures dropped to just one per cent this time around. It’s unlikely Andy Murray is going to be welcomed on holiday to the south coast any time soon…
Murray comes into the tournament in a tidy bit of form though, having picked up three singles titles already this season. Most notable was his Madrid Open victory, beating Rafael Nadal comfortably on clay, while the World Number 3 also made the final of the Australian Open at the start of the year. Murray is a 5/2 shot to win his second Wimbledon title, although sweary Kim Sears will have a few choice words when she finds out her fella could possibly face Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals this year.
Novak is the 11/8 favourite for this year’s tournament and the reigning champ is in fine fettle. Five singles titles this year and just three defeats, combined with the fact he has a 70 per cent win record over Andy Murray should give Djokovic-backers plenty of confidence. In fact since Nole lost to Murray in the 2013 Wimbledon final, he has beaten the Scot and/or Brit eight times out of eight. Yup, definitely Scottish in that stat.
While punters north of the border will be hoping Murray creates history again, it would appear English punters aren’t really behind him. Unless he wins of course. The Scots voted No, remember? He’s 100 per cent a British champ…