Whatever the discipline, I am a great fan of virtuosity.
For that reason - more than national fervour - I hope that Andy Murray wins the Australian Open on Sunday.
Except for one big concern.
Should a Scot become the first Brit in 74 years to win a Grand Slam men's singles title, the pug-faced Alex Salmond will be basking in the limelight as if he had won it himself.
I dare not elaborate on the potential for welcoming parties, official functions, etc. lest Salmond reads my blogs. The self-styled arriviste needs no encouragement.
Suffice to say he will probably trot out the usual mantra:
"It woz independence wot done it."