Andy Murray backed to win SPOTY following news of impending retirement

Andy Murray backed to win SPOTY following news of impending retirement

Punters back the fairy-tale ending as the injury struck Scotsman plans to call time on his career.

Punters have backed Andy Murray to win the 2019 Sports Personality of the Year Award following the news that he plans to retire from playing Tennis this season.

Priced as short as 12/1 with one bookie, he’s as far out as 20/1 in places. With every bet on this market in the last 24 hours going on him, he’s the punter’s choice at this very early stage.

During an emotional press conference yesterday, Murray conceded that this season is likely to be his last due to constant pain from a recurring hip injury over the last 20 months.

It is possible that the Australian Open this month could be his last tournament, though he has set his sights on bowing out at Wimbledon.

The 31-year-old is currently priced as far as 100/1 to win the Australian Open, entering his first round match against Roberto Bautista-Agut as a clear underdog.

Should he manage to defy the odds and make any significant progress in one of this year’s Grand Slams, punters think he could be in line to be recognised as the ‘SPOTY’ winner come December.

Anthony Joshua currently leads the market at 10/1, with sprinter Dina Asher-Smith (12/1) and Lewis Hamilton (16/1) close behind. Having missed out on the 2018 shortlist, Tyson Fury can be backed at 14/1.

Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek: “There’s a long year of sport ahead of us and likely to be plenty of standout British performers, but that hasn’t stopped punters already jumping to back Andy Murray to win the Sports Personality of the Year award.”

“If he were to pull off the improbable and battle into the later stages of a Grand Slam, his current price would be long gone."

"However, firmly considered one of Britain’s greatest ever individual sportsman, he could find himself as one of the front-runners regardless of his performances this year.”

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