LONDON, June 9 British tennis star Andy Murray,
a Scot who has so far refused to be drawn on his views about
Scottish independence, said he disliked a stunt by nationalist
leader Alex Salmond who waved the Scottish flag after Murray's
Wimbledon victory last year.
Murray, who became the first Briton in 77 years to win the
men's singles title at Wimbledon, was asked in an interview what
he thought of Scotland's First Minister Salmond.
"He seemed nice perfectly nice to me, but I didn't like it
when he got the Scottish flag up at Wimbledon," Murray, who was
born in Scotland, told the Sunday Times Style magazine.
Salmond held up Scotland's blue and white flag, the Saltire,
behind British Prime Minister David Cameron's head as the crowd
celebrated Murray's historic Wimbledon victory last July.
"I started competing for Great Britain when I was 11. A lot
of people forget that," said Murray, who is ranked as the
world's No. 5 tennis player.
Murray has so far kept out of the debate on whether Scotland
should leave the United Kingdom. Scots vote on Sept. 18 on
whether to declare independence.
He told the Sunday Times that he didn't know who he would
play for should the United Kingdom split.
Murray has tried not to air any political views after being
slated before the 2006 World Cup when he said he'd support
anyone but England, a remark he has said many times since was
(Reporting by Sarah Young; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)