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Andy Murray Regrets Wording Of Scottish Referendum Tweet

23/09/2014 08:55 BST | Updated 23/09/2014 09:59 BST

Andy Murray does not "regret giving an opinion" but admits he would have worded his tweet backing the Scottish Independence "Yes" campaign differently.

On the morning Scots went to the polls to vote on the referendum, Murray broke his silence to endorse Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond's campaign.

"Huge day for Scotland today! no campaign negativity last few days totally swayed my view on it. excited to see the outcome. lets do this!" Murray tweeted.

Although Murray's tweet was lauded by "Yes" voters, the 2013 Wimbledon champion received a virulent backlash from unionists on Twitter.

"The way it was worded, the way I sent it, is not really in my character," Murray told the BBC. "I don't normally do stuff like that.

"So, yeah, I was a bit disappointed by that. It's time to move on. I can't go back on that and I'll concentrate on my tennis for the next few months."

Asked what he specifically meant by the post, the 27-year-old added: "I don't want to go into too much detail about it, it's been obviously a hard few days for me.

"From my side, I just want to move on from it and hope everyone can."

Murray did not have a vote as he does not live in Scotland and Independence was ultimately rejected by a margin of 55% to 45%.

"I don't regret giving an opinion. I think everyone should be allowed that. The way I did it, yeah, it wasn't something I would do again," Murray said.

Last month he told the Guardian that he did not think it looked likely the result would be a Yes, but he added that his preference would be to represent Scotland if the country became independent.

He added that he did not like making his views on politics known as previous comments had ''caused me a headache ... and a lot of abuse''.

The tennis player was among a string of celebrities to be targeted online over their stance on the independence referendum.

Famous people who urged Scots to stay in the UK - such as David Bowie and JK Rowling - found themselves the subject of online abuse from pro-independence supporters.