The 34-year-old has progressed into the next round of Wimbledon after defeating German Oscar Otte in the second round yesterday. The match was a nail biter, with Murray taking the first set 6-3 before finding himself two sets to one down. But the Scotsman fought back to win, setting up a third round match against Canadian Denis Shapovalov tomorrow. The two-time Wimbledon winner has won fans across Great Britain with his performances at the tournament since making his first appearance in 2005.
However, Murray once fumed at the suggestion he “hates England” after he expressed his support for Scottish independence.
On the day of the Scottish independence referendum in 2014, Murray announced he would be voting Yes.
In March 2015, he explained why he came to the decision.
He said: “I was lying awake at night, I wanted to say something.
“My feeling is that Scotland is its own country. Every countr
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“The thing that irritates me the most is somehow you can’t be pro-independence and [pro-British]. When I compete for Great Britain, I love it. That’s a fact.”
However, Murray also revealed he had become frustrated with the suggestion he didn’t like England.
He continued: “The whole notion of me disliking English people is nonsense.
“I work with them on a regular basis, I’m going to marry one, my family-in-law is going to be English. I live here. It’s just nonsense.”
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Murray’s backing of independence was a rare political intervention from the British number one.
On Brexit, he was a lot less open with how he voted.
Two months before the EU referendum, Murray said he was staying quiet after the controversy his comments on independence had caused.
He said: “I haven’t really given it (Brexit) any thought at all. I’ve had a lot going on this year. I’ve just become a father a few weeks ago. That’s what’s been at the forefront of my thinking this year, rather than anything political.”
Murray was asked if he had any regrets about coming out in support of Scottish secession.
He responded: “I don’t regret giving an opinion. I think everyone should be allowed that. The way I did it, yeah, it wasn’t something I would do again.
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“I think it was a very emotional day for a lot of 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, that’s not really in my character and I don’t normally do stuff like that.”
Speaking to RadioTimes.com and other reporters in 2019, Murray said Brexit had been divisive
He said: “Right now everything is unbelievably divisive. There is no middle ground any more.
“You have your view, someone on their other side has another view, and you cannot see a compromise on either side.
“I don’t think that’s a good way to enter into any kind of discussion about anything, certainly not something as important as the future of Britain.
“When there’s a referendum, if it’s 51-49 or 54-46, it’s not big enough, it’s not clear enough.
“It should be a much bigger percentage to change something, so you know that’s really the direction the country wants to go in.”
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