Cash For Punters Who Bet On "Sophia Murray"

Bookmakers have begun paying out thousands of pounds to punters who bet Andy Murray would name his newborn daughter Sophia.

The tennis star's wife Kim Sears gave birth to the girl on the morning of Sunday February 7.

The couple are understood to have chosen the name Sophia Olivia for their daughter.

Former Wimbledon champion Murray and his wife have not yet spoken about the name of their first-born, but Ladbrokes said it is already paying out "a fortune'' in winnings to those who put money on the name.

The firm said a "handful of shrewd punters'' backed the name into 5/1 from 40/1 before it decided to close the book, with those gamblers now collecting thousands in winnings.

And the bookmaker is already offering a 500/1 shot that Murray's daughter eventually wins Wimbledon.

David Macdonald, of Ladbrokes, said: "We've been served an ace by punters and it looks like Sophia is already following in her father's footsteps by taking the bookies to the cleaners.''

Other names backed early on by punters for Murray's baby were Freya, Alexandra, Elizabeth and Grace.

The couple, who are both 28 and live in Surrey, married in Murray's home town of Dunblane last April.

Following the birth - which happened days after Murray flew back from playing in the Australian Open final - Murray's agent said: "Andy and Kim had a daughter in the early hours of Sunday morning and the family are doing well.''

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