Andy Murray has replaced Tim Henman as British number one after moving up five places in the ATP rankings – but the young Scot has little interest in who is the country’s top player.
Henman, the long-standing number one, has been deposed by rising star Murray after suffering a poor 2005.
Eighteen-year-old Murray, who has gone top of the Brits after winning his first ATP Tour title last week in San Jose, is not about to be side-tracked by the domestic battle for supremacy.
“It’s not really that big a deal, to be honest,” he told BBC Sport.
Henman, 31, has fallen nine places in the ATP rankings to 49th – leaving his fellow Briton Greg Rusedski British number two.
Rusedski remains 43rd in the world, with Murray a place ahead in 42nd.
“Obviously you’d rather be British number one than British number 20,” Murray conceded.
“But I’d much rather have a higher world ranking than British, because you don’t play any tournaments that are just British players.
“You’re competing against the whole world – and that’s where you get your credit from the players from.
“If you’re number one in your country it’s obviously nice but it doesn’t mean anything to the other players – whereas if you’re in the top 10 in the world that’s pretty special.”