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Sunday 20 April 2014

Bookies tip Andy Murray for BBC Sports Personality of the Year gong

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07:  Andy Murray of Great Britain poses with the Gentlemen's Singles Trophy following his victory in the Gentlemen's Singles Final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07: Andy Murray of Great Britain poses with the Gentlemen's Singles Trophy following his victory in the Gentlemen's Singles Final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

BOOKMAKERS say Andy Murray's heroics on Centre Court mean he's is a shoo-in for this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

The Scotsman, who finished third at last year's ceremony following an emotional Wimbledon final defeat to Roger Federer coming weeks before an Olympic gold medal, is all but guaranteed to take the sporting gong, according to bookies.

The 26-year-old is also tipped to get a knighthood, having been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list.

And Britain's bookmakers already face a multi-million pound payout to patriotic punters, after Murray's victory over Novak Djokovic made him the first home winner since Fred Perry in 1936.

Coral spokesman David Stevens said: "The industry will be paying out millions for days to come.

"Murray is now an incredible 1-100 favourite to be crowned Sports Personality of the Year – in other words, an absolute certainty, and is odds-on to be knighted."

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