Andy Murray to be knighted?
It must be even stranger than normal being Andy Murray right now. It’s not just the fame and the adulation or the nation’s gratitude for ending such a long painful wait for a Wimbledon Men’s champion. It’s the feeling Sir Edmund Hillary must have had after he had conquered Mount Everest. What next?
Once everything has settled down – and that might take a little time – Murray will identify new and important targets, but that first Wimbledon title and all the effort and emotion that went into it was surely the pinnacle, the reason he will go down in history, and it may never feel quite so good again.
Prime Minister David Cameron’s suggestions of a knighthood in the next New Year’s Honours List would appear to be a self-fulfilling prophecy and Coral make Sir Andy Murray a 1/2 shot.
Reaching the top of the world rankings by the end of the year will be more difficult (4/1), depending as it does on Murray’s results on court compared to those of current number one, Novak Djokovic.
Pundits have been quick to suggest that the world order of Men’s tennis has changed for good, some even predicting that the next few years will be dominated by the Big Two – Djokovic and Murray – rather than the Big Four.
This may be premature. We should remember how close the top two seeds came to suffering the same fate as Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer on their way to the Final and also recognise the emerging talent of players such as Pole Jerzy Janowicz.
But it is Murray (13/8) and Djokovic (7/4) who dominate the betting for the US Open later this summer with Nadal at 7/1 and Juan Martin Del Potro 9/1.
Del Potro, who prevented Federer from winning his sixth successive Flushing Meadows title in 2009, was fantastic in defeat to Djokovic at Wimbledon and it is a measure of how highly he is regarded again that Coral make him a shorter price for the US Open than the Swiss great. (10/1).
And Del Potro (7/1) even gets the nod over Federer (12/1) for next year’s Wimbledon, with the Scot (7/4) and the Serb (2/1) predictably dominating again.
Incidentally, the upsets in the Women’s event in SW19 has cut little ice with Coral when it comes to pricing up the next Grand Slam. The champion, Marion Bartoli, can be backed at 50/1 and runner-up Sabine Lisicki 33/1 with the usual suspects heading the market – Serena Williams (4/5), Victoria Azarenka (9/2) and Maria Sharapova (5/1).
Written by Jon Freeman