Andy Murray – uncouth anti-British Scot or new National Icon?

Slugger doesn’t go big on tennis I know, but maybe it’s worth having a quick knock-up of comment on the day of Andy Murray’s mammoth battle with Nadal. We’re told the Wimbledon strawberry bashers have taken him to their hearts at last, after his turn-round win over Gasquet on Monday, also watched until dusk by a rare 10 million TV viewers.

Earlier coolness might have been something to do with Murray calling for a Paraguay win over England in the 2006 World Cup, suggests ex-cabinet minister and famed Chelsea support David Mellor. Not cricket, old boy.

Maybe the old rule comes into play. British if you win and Celtic fringe if you lose. Which will Andy be by tonight?

Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London

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