Andy Murray opens up about referendum tweet - and Judy's chances on Strictly

Andy Murray signing a Scottish flag after an Australian Open victory. Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Images

Andy Murray has admitted he was "disappointed" about the way he chose to voice his opinions on the Scottish independence referendum on Twitter.

The tennis star told the BBC he was not planning to be so forthright with his views in future.

The tweet provoked a frenetic response, with Murray being retweeted thousands of times, but also coming under a barrage of abuse from No supporters.

Police Scotland even issued a statement condemning the "vile" comments aimed at him.

"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," he said.

He said the wording of the tweet was "not really in my character", but argued that it had been a "very emotional day for a lot of Scottish people".

The former Australian Open and Wimbledon champion said he now wanted to focus on his performance on the court after the furore.

"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," he said.

Asked whether his comments might affect mother Judy's hopes on Strictly Come Dancing, Murray joked: "I don't think her chances were very high beforehand. I've never really seen her dance before. But I hope she has a good time, I'm sure you'll enjoy it."