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Last Updated: Friday, 25 November 2005, 19:38 GMT
Murray out to please Scots crowd
Andy (right) will play with brother Jamie on Sunday
The Murray brothers will play doubles for Scotland
Andy Murray aims to raise the profile of tennis in Scotland as his home country prepare to take on England in the inaugural Aberdeen Cup.

With the Davis Cup coming to Glasgow next year, tennis in enjoying the limelight north of the border.

Murray said: "One of the things I want to do as a tennis player from Scotland is raise the sport's profile.

"We haven't had many high-profile players before, and we have a chance to make tennis into a pretty big game."

Murray will be joined on court by older brother Jamie on Sunday for a doubles encounter with British number two Greg Rusedski and English prospect David Sherwood.

And the 18-year-old feels they will form a good partnership in the event at the Aberdeen Exhibition Centre.

As a sportsman, you never want to lose anything, and I certainly don't want to lose against England
Andy Murray

"I have not spoken much to Jamie about the game yet. I only got home on Thursday, and Jamie just got back from Canada this week, but I will speak with him about it beforehand," said Murray.

"He is a bit more relaxed on court than me, and although he can get angry sometimes, we're not really the same.

"That is probably a bonus for when we team up, as I can get fired up and he will be there to keep me calm."

Patriotic Murray has always been keen to emphasise his Scottish roots when on the world stage, and it will be no different when he takes to the court in Aberdeen.

He added: "As a sportsman, you never want to lose anything, and I certainly don't want to lose against England. I am sure the rest of the guys in the team are thinking the same."

The Murray brothers are joined by current British women's number one Elena Baltacha in the home team.

And rising talent Katie O'Brien teams up with Rusedski and Sherwood for the visitors.

The event features eight matches with Murray squaring off against Rusedski on both evenings, Jamie Murray taking on Sherwood, Baltacha playing O' Brien, plus two junior matches all in singles.

The Murray brothers then play together at senior level in doubles for the first time as they take on Rusedski and Sherwood followed by a mixed doubles encounter.


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