October 16


Eight teams travelled to Croatia to compete for Great Britain in the ITF Super Seniors World Team Championships in the middle of September. In a successful campaign, they returned with a gold medal, two silvers and a bronze, with two teams just missing the medals by coming fourth.

The huge increase in the profile of wheelchair tennis this year, on the back of Wimbledon champion, Paralympic gold medallist and current world number 1 Gordon Reid, saw a record entry of thirty-five in the Glasgow Wheelchair Tennis Tournament which was held at Scotstoun.

LTA Councillor Christine Windmill, who represents GB Veteran's tennis, can remember when she was first attracted by the tennis bug. "Being generally active and keen on sports, I discovered tennis when I was about 10 years old. I played for school, club and junior county and entered tournaments with friends in the school holidays. I had a surprising performance peak around 16 which got me accepted for British Junior Wimbledon for a couple of years. My results weren't great but it was very exciting!

Teresa Tait has been volunteering in tennis since 2008. And, as is so often the case, it was a family member's involvement in the sport that was the catalyst for her introduction. "My son was keen on playing tennis and I wanted to find out what opportunities there were for him to play more tennis. I first got involved in volunteering in tennis by helping taking my son's teams to matches and helping provide match teas.

18 year old Maia Lumsden is one of the country’s top tennis prospects and is supported by the Tennis Scotland national player development programme. As a junior, she won the Orange Bowl, has won an ITF under-18 in Malta, won the Super Auray Open, a competition that includes past winners such as Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin, and reached the third round in the girls’ tournament at Wimbledon. She is now looking to make her mark on the senior tour. So what is a typical day for the Glasgow born teenager? “I start training at 7am at Stirling University and play four hours of tennis and do one hour physical work each day.

There are a variety of opportunities for females to become involved in tennis coaching and many examples of different ways our coaches have become involved in this crucial aspect of the sport.

Tennis Scotland and Commonwealth Games Scotland have announced the selection policy for next year's Commonwealth Youth Games which will take place in the Bahamas between the 19th and 23rd July.

Aberdeen's Bruce Strachan was the winner of the Aegon British Tour event played at Newlands, Glasgow at the weekend. The 22 year old Stirling University student, seeded 6, won through five rounds of competition without loss of a set.

The latest quartet of new Tennis Scotland Tennis Development Apprentices have begun their 12 month full time programme designed to give young people under 20 years of age at the start of their apprenticeship experience of organising and delivering Tennis on a National Regional and Local basis while undertaking development and training activities.

Blackhall women and Stirling University men are the 2016 Aegon Team Tennis Scotland champions.  The Edinburgh ladies team remained undefeated throughout their campaign to win the championship for the fourth year in succession.    The University  team won the top tier of the men’s competition for the first time since 2012 despite losing away in a tie-break shoot-out to last year’s champions Western on the final day of the competition.

Photo - Scotland's Hamish Stewart, winner of the ITF Yonex HRT Autumn Cup 2016

It has been a successful week for Scotland's junior players on the ITF junior tour with Glasgow pair Aidan McHugh and Hamish Stewart winning international titles in Spain and Denmark, and with Ali Collins from Dunblane also a finalist in Spain.

With Helensburgh’s Gordon Reid currently the world’s second top ranked wheelchair player, not to mention the reigning Wimbledon and Olympic champion, it is hardly surprising interest in the game throughout Scotland is at an all-time high, as Andrew Raitt, Tennis Scotland’s Disability Development Manager outlines. “At grassroots we have seen increased participation across the country with the number playing disability tennis up 27% on the previous year and wheelchair tennis up a remarkable 100%.

 
 

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