Can Cook, Murray and co serve up a prefect British summer?
Following the London 2012 Olympic Games British sport appeared to be at an all-time high, but new special markets at Ladbrokes show that the exploits of Team GB’s Olympians can be eclipsed in 2013.
Andy Murray went one better than last year in ending a 77-year barren spell for British men’s tennis when defeating Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon and England have got the ball rolling in the Ashes with a dramatic late win at Trent Bridge in the first Test.
With Britain basking in some of its hottest weather in years, there is an air of optimism which could carry the country’s sports stars to success in the coming weeks and months.
As such, Ladbrokes has announced some enhanced trebles offering betting fans the chance to cash in on any success.
Backing England to win the Ashes, any player from Great Britain and Ireland to win The Open and Murray to retain his US Open crown is now being offered at 14/1.
Murray has well and truly climbed the last psychological obstacle in his career by playing through intense pressure to lift the men’s singles crown at SW19 and is rightly among the favourites for this year’s tournament at Flushing Meadows.
Similarly, Justin Rose disposed of the monkey from his back when winning his first Major at the US Open and will be full of confidence at Muirfield, where he will be joined by a stellar list of British and Irish talent including Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald and Ian Poulter.
Home advantage and the increasing optimism among the nation’s sports fans could well carry one of the players to Open victory, making this particular treble a tempting bet.
Many believed that Trent Bridge was the Australians’ biggest chance of success in the Ashes and after Jimmy Anderson’s bowling wizardry helped the hosts to a narrow victory, belief in a whitewash is now on the rise.
Those willing to back England to claim a 5-0 sweep can do just that at 100/1 when also opting for Murray to come good in New York and for The Open to be claimed by a homegrown talent.
Come what may, it is undeniable that sports enthusiasts across the UK are in for a spectacular summer of action.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.