Andy Murray has given the clearest hint yet that he will vote 'no' in the Scottish Independence referendum in September.
Britain's number one tennis player caused a minor stir back in 2006 when he said he would be supporting "anyone but England" at the World Cup.
That gave off the impression that he was a bit of Scottish nationalist but he later insisted he was joking.
Now in a new interview with the Sunday Times he admitted that he 'didn't like it' when Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond unfurled a Scottish flag in the royal box when Murray won Wimbledon last year.
When asked by the paper if he had ever met Salmond, Murray said: "Yes…erm, he seemed perfectly nice to me, but I didn’t like it when he got the Scottish flag up at Wimbledon.
"I started competing for Great Britain when I was 11. A lot of people forget that."
When asked if he would play for Scotland or Britain in the future if the country did vote for independence Murray said "I don’t even know," with the paper noting that he looked "genuinely concerned" with the question.
An opinion poll in Saturday's Financial Times suggested that the September 18 vote would be close but that the 'no' vote holds the upper ground.
The poll said 47 per cent of adults in Scotland oppose independence, while 40 per cent favour it, with the rest undecided and an error margin of three per cent.
The bookmakers also make it odds on that Scotland will reject independence.
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Another recent poll said 68 per cent of those polled in England and 59 per cent in Wales were opposed to an independent Scotland, although neither country has a say in the matter.
Murray's comments came on the same day he announced former women's world number one Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach for the grass court season.
Murray said in a statement: "I’m excited by the possibilities of the new partnership and Amelie is someone I have always looked up to and admired. She’s faced adversity plenty of times in her career, but was an amazing player and won major titles, including Wimbledon.
"I have a very strong coaching team already in place, but I think Amelie brings with her experience and tactical expertise and will push us all to improve. Everyone I know talks very highly of Amelie, as a person and coach, and I’m convinced that her joining the team will help us push on – I want to win more Grand Slams."
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