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Ok, so Andy Murray was born in Dunblane, Scotland (well atleast according to the ATP bio and his official website, unless I don’t know otherwise.)

So I’ve always wondered why for the past few years that England has relied on Andy Murray as if he were a native resident of England to win Wimbledon each and every year. Just because Andy has a house in London doesn’t mean he’s repping England. I think it’s horrible that England has to adopt a player from another country; it shows the level of players coming out of England’s academies isn’t high enough to claim their own. How does that make the players who work so hard in those academies feel? That they will never be good enough, their country has to go out and claim someone else from Scotland to be the hope for English men’s tennis.

England had Tim Henman for the longest time, he was actually from England, he was number 4 for a period of time, and retired. He didn’t win Wimbledon, he came close in 2001, but fell to eventual champion Goran Ivanisevic in five sets in a match played over three days. Unfortunate, but that doesn’t mean you can go out and claim Andy Murray as your own England, one of those hardworking teens toiling away at an academy somewhere in England should be your hope.

Bottom line, stop adopting, get your own player.