2009 Wimbledon

Andy Murray Is British. Deal with It

WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03:  Andy Murray of Great Britain looks on during a practice session prior to his semi final with Andy Roddick of USA on Day Eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 3, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
David WyattAnalyst IJuly 3, 2009

Lately I have been getting increasingly annoyed with the whole English/Scottish dilemma that seems to surround Andy Murray every time he competes under the title of Great Britain.

I have heard many people say that as soon as a Scottish person does something worth while, he is considered British, where as if a Scottish person does something bad, then he will and always be from north of the border.

What a load of rubbish.

People say, 'Do you think English people supported the Scots in the world cup'? 'Do you think English people supported the Scots in Rugby?, there is one difference here. In those sports you compete as Scotland, not Great Britain.

If we were to combine the home nations and form a British football team, and a British rugby team (similar to the Lions, just for every competition), I would be the first to support it. I consider myself British first and English second.

This goes as much for English people who refuse to support Murray as it does for all the Scottish people who have a problem with the English supporting him.

Come on people, let's get a little perspective here. In tennis competitions, we compete as Great Britain, not as England, not as Scotland, and not as Wales. So you ask why English people will support Murray but not the Scottish football team, well because Murray represents us as a whole, what's the big deal? Get over it.

I have seen so many comments on this over the past two weeks, a split in opinion at a time where a little bit of unity is what is needed. If Murray is to be victorious, then it will be a great feat for Britain, for English and Scottish a like.

In the one sport that actually allows us to cheer for a single person, that's exactly what we should do. We shouldn't be having petty squabbles over who Andy Murray really represents. He was born in Scotland, he lives in England and he represents Great Britain, deal with it.

At first it wasn't easy for the English public to take kindly to Murray, he was a petulant team. A man who showed disregard for his English support and publicly stated that he hoped England got knocked out of the World Cup. He was a teenager, he was immature, and not he  has matured, isn't it time his fans mature as well?

Andy Murray commented that the statements he made about England were taken out of context. When i hear him speak, he speaks as a Briton. He recognizes the importance of establishing a rapport with the Wimbledon crowd, which lets face it, is English in majority.

Andy Murray represents us all, everyone from the British Isles; it's about time we all supported him in the same way.

Good luck Andy Murray as he today plays for a place in the final.

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