Former Wimbledon and U.S. Open tennis champion Andy Murray said he’ll play for Scotland should his native country vote in favor of independence in a Sept. 18 referendum.
“If Scotland became independent, then I imagine I would be playing for Scotland,” Murray told reporters at the U.S. Open after advancing to the third round with a straight-sets win against Germany’s Matthias Bachinger.
Murray, who won Olympic gold in singles and a silver medal in mixed doubles with Laura Robson for Britain at the London 2012 games, was born in Dunblane, Scotland. Although the 2012 U.S. Open and 2013 Wimbledon champion lives in London and Miami, most of his family are still in Scotland.
The 27-year-old, who said he watched some of the second televised debate between Scottish nationalist leader Alex Salmond and No campaign leader Alistair Darling earlier this week, didn’t want to give his views on the vote.
“I’m not going into that,” he said. “I don’t want to talk about politics in here. I’ll worry about my tennis.”
A Survation survey for the Scottish Daily Mail found that 47 percent of respondents would vote Yes in the referendum, four points more than in a similar survey on Aug. 9. The poll, which excludes undecided voters, shows the share of No voters decreasing to 53 percent.
Murray said he’d not given the referendum a lot of thought yet “because I don’t think it’s looking too likely that it’s going to happen.”
Playing under the Scottish flag would be an entirely new experience for Murray, who is seeded No. 8 at the U.S. Open, where he’ll next play Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov.
“Ever since I started traveling to tournaments since I was 11 years old, always played under Great Britain, always traveled to team events or overseas, and we were always under Great Britain. That’s normal to me,” he said.