Andy Murray and Ash Barty pay tribute to each other
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Tennis Scotland has responded after Andy Murray branded one of their courts a “shambles”. The former world No 1 was responding to a tweet showing a young girl unable to access courts in East Kilbride after they had been unmaintained and locked. The governing body admitted they were “disappointed” to see the state of the public courts.
Murray tagged Tennis Scotland in a tweet, reposting the East Kilbride courts and calling them a “shambles”.
He received a tweet from one man showing the state of the courts, which had been left overgrown with bins standing around, and said it left local children with no choice but to play tennis at a private club.
The chief executive at Tennis Scotland, Blane Dodds, has now responded and thanked the three-time Grand Slam champion for bringing the East Kilbride courts to their attention.
He said the governing body of the sport in Scotland was “equally disappointed” to see the courts left unused and unmaintained.
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While speaking at the launch of new community courts in West Dunbartonshire, Dodds said Tennis Scotland were eager to speak with local councils about their unused courts, adding: “We’d love to be able to own and operate all the facilities. We’ve got a big ambitions and we’re very much growing.
“The pandemic has hit the sports sector but tennis is very well positioned to actually help our partners in the community to bring these facilities back to fruition.”
He also appealed for local councils in Scotland that were keen on working with the organisation to reach out, with Tennis Scotland already currently working with some.
“There are opportunities there,” Dodds said.
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“We are working with other local authorities. There’s a lot to do. I would appeal if there are local authorities that want to work with us, please do get in touch”
He also expressed his gratitude to the former world No 1 for bringing the state of the courts in East Kilbride to the governing body’s attention, and highlighting the issue of unmaintained courts in local authority areas.
Dodds added: “Thanks to Andy for putting it on the radar because that really has given us the opportunity to show what we can do and the appetite for more is absolutely there.”
Murray received the tweet from a member of the public last Wednesday (August 18).
Tagging Andy, as well as his brother and doubles sensation Jamie, and their mum Judy, Allan Kay wrote: “Hi can you please help.
“This is our tennis courts in East Kilbride our council can’t help. It’s been left to ruin and left full of bins now and kids have nowhere to play tennis apart from paying a club membership at private club.”
The 46-time title winner quoted the tweet and simply wrote: “Shambles @tennisscotland”.
His mother and childhood coach Judy also responded directly to Allan, giving him the contact details for the Head of Facilities at Tennis Scotland.
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