Bryan Armen Graham
Friday July 1st, 2011

Andy Murray (above) fell short Friday at Wimbledon in his bid to snap Great Britain's 75-year drought without a men's Grand Slam champion. (PA Photos)

The ink had barely dried on Andy Murray's 2011 Wimbledon obit when London-based oddsmaker William Hill opened the market on a proposition bet that's sardonic even by British standards.

The 24-year-old Scot, currently ranked No. 4 in the world, is listed as a 4-to-6 favorite to NEVER win Wimbledon.

"Andy is unfortunate enough to be around when there are three brilliant players already in opposition and several others on the way up in the not too distant future," William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe said. "It just may be his fate never to win the event."

On a brighter note, Murray is listed as a 2-9 favorite to win any of the four majors (and a 3-1 longshot to finish Slam-less).

No British man has won the Wimbledon title since Fred Perry in 1936. The last to even reach the final was Bunny Austin in 1938. The oddsmaker is already listing odds to win next year's Wimbledon. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are co-favorites at 2-1, with Roger Federer at 3-1, Murray at 6-1 and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Juan Martin del Potro at 16-1.

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