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Do the Henmans have a future champ at home?

Betting on baby
By Elizabeth Hudson
BBC Sport Online

She might only be a couple of days old, and more interested in causing a racket rather than picking one up, but Rose Elizabeth Henman is being tipped as the future of British tennis.

The new-born daughter of British number one Tim Henman and his wife Lucy is already a 250-1 chance to win a Wimbledon singles title.

Once the news came out of Lucy Henman's pregnancy, odds were immediately offered on the new arrival's ability to lift a Grand Slam title in SW19. The odds are certainly in Rose's favour as her great grandfather Henry Billington also appeared at Wimbledon in the past, as well as her father.

A number of years ago, there was a flurry of bets when a teenage Tim Henman first came to prominance and shrewd punters could have got 500-1 on Henman winning Wimbledon.

But if the new arrival decides instead to put on a pair of football boots, you can get odds of 500-1 on her playing for England.

In 20 or so years time, young Miss Henman could be joined at the winners' ball by Jaden Gil Agassi, the offspring of multiple Grand Slam winners Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi. Having started at 500-1, the odds have tumbled on the youngster to 50-1 - and he is still to celebrate his first birthday.

But the trend of parents betting on their children's success is growing in popularity.

"We've had literally hundreds of bets from proud parents who are keen to bet on their new-born offspring's possible sporting achievement," said Graham Sharpe of bookmaker William Hill. "That can be anything from winning Wimbledon, playing football for club or country, winning the Open or even scoring the winning goal in a World Cup final.

"It is something that has grown in popularity over the past decade, particularly for a Christening or Christmas present and sooner or later, we will have a big winner."

Brooklyn Beckham, son of David and Victoria was originally 1000-1 to play for England but he is now 66-1 - despite only being three-years-old.

His younger brother Romeo is already rated at a 500-1 chance even though he is currently an expert at another type of dribbling.

However, if the brothers decide that football is not the career for them, they could always follow in the footsteps of mum Posh Spice. The odds on either boy having a number one single are 250-1.

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