Andy Murray happy to play for Scotland at the Olympics

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Few people could say that Andy Murray doesn't learn from his mistakes when it comes to talking to the media, and the two-time major winner has kept his cards close to his chest ahead of the Scottish referendum. 

In his younger days, Murray attracted criticism from across the British Isles over his alleged 'Britishness' or 'Scottishness'. 

Perhaps one of the most famous quotes that would go against the Dunblane-born star was back in 2006; when he claimed that he would support whoever was playing against England at that year's World Cup in Germany. 


It caused a heavy backlash at Wimbledon that year with angry crowds and Murray has sought to stay clear of trouble since.

Much of any potential damage has since been repaired between himself and British tennis fans. You only have to look at the scenes that followed his Olympic Gold medal - for Team GB - at London 2012 and his SW19 triumph the following summer as evidence for the support he receives in England. 

However, with a referendum to decide on Scottish independence approaching, it provides a opportunity for Murray's views to attract negative attention once again. 

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Safety first

Thankfully, the former world no.3 played it safe and refused to be drawn on what side he was supporting. Incidentally he has no say in what will happen because of his English residency.

Murray has revealed, however, that in the event of Scotland separating GB; he would be happy to play for Scotland at the Rio Olympics in 2016, although he doesn't see the opportunity materialising. 


“I’ve been following the independence debate very closely," the 27-year-old said. “If it happened where Scotland became independent then I imagine I would be playing for them in Rio.

“But, I haven’t thought about it too much because I don’t think it looks likely that it’s going to happen.

“If it did happen then it would be pretty much the first time in my life I would be representing Scotland.

“Ever since I started travelling to tournaments when I was 11 years old I always played under Great Britain.

“Every time I went overseas or to a team event we were always under Great Britain. That’s normal to me.”

US Open

Murray was asked on his political standing as he continued his progress at the US Open. The eighth seed safely dispatched of German qualifier Matthias Bachinger in straight sets and showed none of the cramping issues that affected him against Robin Haase in the first round.

The world no.9 is hoping to bag his second Flushing Meadows crown following his maiden Grand Slam title in 2012. Murray's 6-3 6-3 6-4 win sets up a third round tie with world no.98 Andrey Kuznetsov.

It would take a shock for Murray to lose against his round three opponent when you consider the world rankings. Thankfully the omens are good for Murray; none of the top 20 seeds have suffered an early exit in New York thus far. 

The likes of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic - also former champions at the US Open - provide Murray's main competition on the hard courts. Murray's potential path to the final could see him meet world no.1 Djokovic at the quarter-final stage. 

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