IT was a secret which served up a flurry of bets - and ended with a big payout. Ever since tennis star Andy Murray’s wife Kim Sears gave birth to the couple’s first child on the morning on 7 February, the guessing game over her name has intensified.
Earlier today, the mystery was finally solved and bookmakers prepared for a bumper payout.
The couple, who many speculated would select a traditional Scottish name, chose the names Sophia Olivia for their daughter, Murray’s agent confirmed.
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 at 40/1 before it closed 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. She is also 5000/1 to play any of Djokovic or Federer’s children in a Grand Slam Singles final.
David Macdonald, of Ladbrokes, said: “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 odds for the baby being named after Murray’s mother, Judy, were 50-1, with odds-on at 5-6 that the latest edition to the Murray clan would have Judy as her middle name.
The name Sophia - meaning “wisdom” in Greek - ranked in equal 19th place along with Mia in the latest list of Scotland’s most popular baby names for 2015, published last December by the National Records of Scotland.
The name, given to 198 baby girls last year, had dropped seven places in popularity from 2014.
Sophia was also the most popular name for girls in the US in 2012.
The couple, who are both 28 and live in Surrey, married in Murray’s home town of Dunblane last April. The baby was born just days after Murray flew back from playing in the Australian Open final.