MOSCOW, September 18 (RIA Novosti) – The leader of Scotland's pro-independence Sport for Yes campaign, Michael Stewart, praised the support of Scottish tennis star Andy Murray, in an interview with RIA Novosti Thursday.
"Fantastic news from a fantastic sportsman. Andy has established himself as an international sporting figure and his support for Yes will resonate around the world," Stewart said.
Murray openly expressed his support for his country's independence early Thursday as the historical referendum, which will determine whether Scotland will break away from the United Kingdom, began.
"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 said in a tweet.
27-year-old Murray is a professional tennis player and British number one since 2006. He is currently ranked number 12 in Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) singles ranking. At his career peak, he was ranked number 2. Murray has 28 career titles, including two Grand Slam titles – the US Open in 2012 and Wimbledon in 2013.
Several other celebrities have expressed their support for Scottish independence, including actors Sean Connery, Gerard Butler and Alan Cumming.
Polling stations for the referendum on Scottish independence opened in Scotland at 07:00 a.m. BST (06:00 GMT) and will remain open till 10:00 p.m. BST (21:00 GMT) on Thursday.
If the majority of Scots vote "yes" in the referendum, then on March 24, 2016, Scotland will become independent from the United Kingdom.