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Andy Murray doesn't regret controversial support of Scottish independence

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Despite facing all kinds of criticism over the last few days, Andy Murray has insisted that he doesn't regret his support of Scottish independence.

The country went to the polls last week to decide whether they were to separate from the United Kingdom, the result showed a 55% majority for the 'No' campaign and the union remained together.

Defeat for the 'Yes' supporters came as a blow for Murray who became one of the most high-profile advocates for an independent Scotland when he tweeted a last minute endorsement. 

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His message, which was retweeted over 20,000 times, led to a widespread backlash and some messages in reply were so abusive that Scottish Police were forced to investigate mentions of the Dunblane Massacre of the 90s. 

There may even be implications for Andy's mother Judy, the 55-year-old coach is due to appear on the first live episode of BBC dancing show 'Strictly Come Dancing' this weekend but her son's tweet has led to bookmakers slashing the odds of Judy being the first to be voted off the show. 

Despite all this, the two-time major has defended his views whilst also conceding that he could've gone about it better.

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Regrets

"I don't regret giving an opinion. I think everyone should be allowed that," he told the BBC in his first interview since causing the controversy.

"The way I did it, yeah, it wasn't something I would do again. It was a very emotional day for Scottish people and the whole country and the whole of the UK - it was a big day.

"The way it was worded, the way I sent it, is not really in my character. I don't normally do stuff like that. So, yeah, I was a bit disappointed by that. It's time to move on."

Murray was also branded a hypocrite considering he was unable to vote in the referendum on account of his English residency.

Rocky relationship

The 27-year-old hasn't always had the smoothest of relationships with tennis fans outside of Scotland owing to some of his previous comments, one of which he joking said he hoped England would be beaten at the 2006 World Cup.

Murray repaired the rifts somewhat through his performances on-court by winning an Olympic Gold medal for Team GB at London 2012 and his triumphs that followed in winning the US Open and Wimbledon. 

However the former world No.3 has since fallen on harder times in his game having slipped to 11th in the world and could really do with the support.

Focus

Murray admits that he must move on and let his tennis do the talking from now on: "I can't go back on that and I'll concentrate on my tennis for the next few months," he continued.

A good start would be scraping his way into the ATP World Tour Finals at London's O2 Arena, and to do that he'll need some strong showings in the remaining three events he has signed up for.

Masters 1000 events in Shanghai and Paris follow the inaugural China Open, a tournament that Murray accepted a wildcard entry into so that he could pick-up a few more ranking points.     

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