Andy Murray on Scottish independence: The 'being British' thing has always been difficult for the tennis star

The British number one appeared to show his support for the Yes campaign today

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Throughout Andy Murray's career his relative Scottish or Britishness has been a running joke associated with his form.

When the hugely talented tennis player wins a tournament, he is very much British. Around the time he won Wimbledon in 2013 it was impossible to turn on the TV and not see Sue Barker explaining yet again that he was the first British winner in SW19 for 77 years.

However, when things haven't gone so well for Murray he's cut adrift and just plain Scottish.

If anyone wasn't certain just how British or Scottish he was, a website was even set up to make things a little clearer.

Much of it stems back to a whimsical comment made from a then 19-year-old Murray. When asked who he would be supporting at the 2006 World Cup he replied "anyone but England". It was seized upon in certain sections of the press and even led to him releasing a statement on his website insisting he wasn't anti-English.

"Want to say that I'm not anti-English!", it read.

"I have supported Tim [Henman] the last 10 years and he is English! Ricky Hatton is one of my favourite boxers and he is English.

"I said I think England will beat Portugal in my press conference!

"I made a joke, I don't mind whether England win or lose!"


There is no doubt that the player from Dunblane is proudly Scottish. And his countryman are proud of him - even the very best of them. Two of the most famous Scots in modern history - actor Sean Connery and former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson memorably gatecrashed a Murray press conference at the 2012 US Open to congratulate him.

Murray's tweet...


But then Murray has also represented Britain with aplomb. Whether it be his two Grand Slam victories in which he played under the flag of Great Britain, the many Davis Cup ties or perhaps most pertinently, the time he won a gold and silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics in front of an incredibly supportive crowd.

Andy Murray has backed independence


After his gold medal winning singles match, which came just a few weeks after a heartbreaking defeat in the 2012 Wimbledon final, Alex Sammond said: "It's a Murray masterclass which should make everyone in Scotland extremely proud."

At many points in his career, it's not just been Scotland proud of the Scotsman, the whole of Britain has been proud of Murray.