The BBC Sports Personality of the Year award is one of the most prestigious awards in British sport. Last year saw huge competition with so many worthy contenders from the London Olympics, Paralympics and of course the eventual Winner, Sir Bradley Wiggins, who won the Tour de France, the first time a British rider had done so.
It’s not been a bad summer of sport so far this year, with the British & Irish Lions winning the test series in Australia, but one man has stolen all the headlines and is an extremely short favourite to lift the BBC award, step forward Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.
Winning a Grand Slam title in an era when you have the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic is a feat inself, but ending a drought of 77 years without a British men’s singles champion has made it a bit more special, and it goes alongside the US Open title which he lifted last September.
With just one victory, the final success over Djokovic last weekend, Murray has catapulted himself to massive favourite to become BBC Sports Personality of the Year. He’s now at the best price of 1/25 (Paddy Power) and as short as 1/50 (SkyBet, Coral) with other bookmakers.
There could be some competition which might lengthen those odds somewhat. In the coming weeks, we have Chris Froome battling to become Winner of the Tour de France and we have the England cricket team battling for the Ashes against Australia. Either of those events, should they go the way British fans hope they will, could offer a bit of competition for Murray.
At the time of writing, Froome is available at 16/1 (Bet365) while England cricket captain Alistair Cook can be backed at 33/1 (Bet365). If I’m being honest, it would be some achievement if anyone was to take the crown away from the tennis star, especially if he goes on and can defend his US Open title at Flushing Meadows later this year.