Bookmakers are claiming that, for once, they could be cheering for Andy Murray in the Australian Open, after the “patriotic punt” failed to materialise.
Ladbrokes have reduced the price on the Brit to best price 6/1 from 4/1 ahead of the tournament which gets underway on Monday and other bookmakers have also drifted out the number five seed.
That prices makes Murray fourth favourite with the UK bookies, behind Juan Martin Del Potro at best price 11/2.
Having decided not to defend his Doha title ahead of the start of the tournament this year, Murray lost out in the Hopman Cup warm-up tournament to Spaniard Tommy Robredo and that seems to have knocked the confidence from the punters back in Britain.
Murray will also be drawn on the tougher side of the draw, with Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Roddick all standing in his way to the final in Melbourne.
The huge flurry of bets seen on Murray at previous tournaments has often left bookies feeling nervous but those nerves won’t be there over the next fortnight according to Ladbrokes, with a Federer victory more likely to cause the bookmakers a headache.
Ladbrokes spokesman Nick Weinberg said: "The patriotic punt on the British ace has failed to materialise.
"As things stand, we could be in the unusual position of cheering him on as he takes to the court."