In a week where it was announced that Judy Murray was to receive an OBE for her services to tennis, there were a number of other notable successes which occurred last week.
Talented Scottish junior players impress at Brodies Invitational, Gleneagles
Legends of the game as well as Scotland’s most promising junior players descended upon Gleneagles Hotel at the weekend.
The event organised by Brodies LLP welcomed players such as Greg Rusedski , Mats Wilander, Thomas Enqvist, Xavier Malisse and our very own National Coach, Colin Fleming.
In addition to the main action which was won by Greg Rusedski, the tournament also encouraged grass-roots involvement in the game. On the Friday in between the two each semi-final saw Scottish youngsters Connor Thomson, Charlie Miller, Alexandra Hunter and Maisie Wood entertain the 1,000 strong crowd to a mixed doubles match, which helped to highlight the exciting talent of junior tennis players in Scotland. On the Saturday saw some of the legends of the game compete with some of these talented juniors in an exhibition doubles match. Connor Thomson paired up with former Wimbledon semi-finalist Xavier Malisse, while Charlie Miller paired up with 7 times Grand Slam winner, Mats Wilander. The match was played in good spirits and provided the juniors with an unforgettable experience of playing with legends who were once at the top of the game.
Bill Drummond, Managing Partner of Brodies, said “It’s been just great to see the legends in action againand I’ve really enjoyed watching Greg, Mats, Thomas, Xavier and Colin, as well as some of Scotland’s rising tennis stars, show off their skills on the court over the past two days; the addition of the ATP Champions Tour this year has certainly given the event an extra competitive edge, something these great athletes clearly relish. “
Jamie Murray wins the Men’s Doubles in Stuttgart
Jamie Murray and playing partner Bruno Soares of Brazil have won the Mercedes Cup men’s doubles in Stuggart with a 6-7, 7-5, 10-5 victory over Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic in the final.
The victory is the pairs 2nd title of the year after February’s win in Acapulco, Mexico, and sets the pair up nicely for the grass-court season ahead, with Wimbledon only a couple of weeks away.
Final heartbreak for home-grown star at Aegon Open Nottingham
Jocelyn Rae narrowly missed out on the women’s doubles title at the Aegon Open Nottingham this weekend with playing partner and fellow brit Laura Robson.
The pair, who had only been playing together for a week prior to the tournament lost out in a closely contested final 4-6, 6-4, 10-4 against Australian pair Monique Adamczak and Storm Sanders. Jocelyn, who was born in Nottingham, represented Scotland at the 2010 Commonwealth Games where she won Gold.
Jocelyn said “It’s disappointing to have lost in a third set breaker – four out of four would have been good this week, but we’ve has a good week and we’re going to take the positives.”
Will it be third time lucky for Jocelyn, who was also pipped to the title in 2015?
Pictured: Alexandra Hunter, Maisie Wood, Tim Henman,Charlie Miller and Connor Thomson at the Brodies Invitational.