Andy Murray: 'I don't regret giving my opinion on Scottish independence'

Andy Murray says that he does not regret "giving an opinion" on the Scottish referendum, but admits that he "worded" his support for independence in the wrong way.

British number one tennis player Andy Murray has insisted that he has 'no regrets' about giving his opinion on the Scottish referendum, but admits that he was at fault for the way he worded his view.

The 27-year-old, who grew up in Dunblane, Stirling, received abusive messages on Twitter after appearing to declare his support for Scottish independence prior to last Thursday's vote.

The 2013 Wimbledon champion wrote: "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!"

After Scotland voted no to independence, Murray has since claimed that he is looking forward to competing for Great Britain again in the future.

In an interview with BBC News, the Scotsman said: "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.

"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."

Murray, who did not have a vote due to his Surrey residency, sparked controversy back in 2006 by saying that he would support "anyone but England" in the World Cup.

Andy Murray of Great Britain signs waves to fans after defeating Robin Haase of the Netherlands during his men's singles first round match on Day One of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 25, 2014
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