Andy Murray will cost Britain’s bookies a fortune if he nets his second Wimbledon title this weekend.
The gambling industry could be on course to post their biggest losses in Wimbledon history if Murray triumphs in Sunday’s final.
The Scot takes on Roger Federer in tomorrow’s semi-final showdown with William Hill making him slight favourite to progress.
The 2013 champion is 8/11 to win the match with seven-times champion Federer 11/10 and with punters backing Murray heavily, bookmakers’ nerves are jangling.
William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly said: “It happens every year with Andy at Wimbledon.
“He is always incredibly well backed by patriotic punters and should he win it is always a standard seven-figure payout on the cards.
“This year, however, he has been in fine form both leading up to the tournament and during it and we could face the biggest ever Wimbledon payout as punters have lumped on.”
Defending champion Novak Djokovic is the 8/11 favourite to walk away with the trophy on Sunday, with Murray second favourite at 11/4.
Federer is an attractive 4/1 with French outsider Richard Gasquet 25/1 to win his first Wimbledon title.