Andy Murray lends last minute support to Scottish independence

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Andy Murray has waited until the very last minute to sensationally reveal his support for Scottish independence as the country go to the polls today.

The 27-year-old had previously refused to be drawn on which camp he was behind apart from admitting he wouldn't mind the possibility of playing for Scotland at the next Olympic Games in Rio. 

However a late-night tweet, which has since been 'retweeted' over 12,000 times, outlined Murray's decision.


He posted: 'Huge day for Scotland today! no campaign negativity last few days totally swayed my view on it. excited to see the outcome. lets do this!'

Murray cannot actually vote in the referendum today because he lives outside of the country but his support could well sway the undecided. Many of comments posted to the two-time major champion were positive.

The British no.1's nationality has proven to be a source of great debate down the years and this admission is sure to cause some further debate.

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As a youngster Murray famously claimed that he would support whoever England were playing at the 2006 World Cup, and it was those comments that caused him to receive boos from home fans throughout Wimbledon that year.

The world no.11 has improved his image south of the border somewhat. In 2012 he won Olympic Gold as a member of Team GB, and a year on from that triumph he had won the US Open, and became the first British gentleman for over 70 years to win the singles title at SW19. 

Murray has even spoken of his displeasure at Scottish first minister Alex Salmond when the leader of the 'No' campaign tried to get Murray to drape himself in the Scottish flag after his Wimbledon win. 


However that has all changed now as it appears Murray is ready to pledge himself to an independent Scotland. 

In terms of his tennis, not an awful lot would change if Scotland do vote 'Yes' for independence. The make-up of the Davis Cup might change and of course Murray wouldn't be able to defend his Gold medal as a member of Team GB, however. 

Of course for Murray to defend that title he may need an improvement on-court, the two-time major champion hasn't won a title in 2014 and faces a battle to win a place at the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London. 

The polls close at 10pm tonight and the results should start to be announced by the early hours of Friday morning.

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