The British are still ecstatic over Andy Murray’s Wimbledon title Sunday that ended a 77-year drought of a Brit having won the prestigious tennis championship.
The few who are not elated at the no. 2 seed’s victory are the UK betting firms, who reportedly will be doling out more than £3 million to punters who backed the Scotsman.
“The industry will be paying out millions for days to come,” a Coral spokesman told TotallyGaming.com.
Although history was not on their side considering the last Wimbledon title captured by a Brit was that won by Fred Perry in 1936, UK gamblers had faith in the 26-year-old who lost in the finals a year ago. Murray’s second major title championship was won 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 in a three hour and 10 minute match over Novak Djokovic, the world’s top ranked player.
Murray collected the first place prize of £1.6 million and became the first Wimbledon singles champ from Scotland in 117 years, putting himself in the same class as the 1896 winner, Harold Mahony.
While most bookmakers may be angry at Murray’s success, at least one online oddsmaker was able to look on the bright side. “I must admit,” the Paris manager told Tennis World USA, “that all previous Murray defeats in the finals made so much money that I do not mind that he finally won.”