Published: 15/09/2017 10:31 - Updated: 15/09/2017 11:37

Judy Murray puts on a volley good show in Rothes

Written byCraig Christie

Judy Murray – mother of two-time Wimbledon champ Andy – thrilled Moray youngsters by taking her Tennis On The Road coaching project to Speyside this week.

Judy Murray took her Tennis On The Road programme to Moray
Judy Murray took her Tennis On The Road programme to Moray

Rothes Tennis Club rolled out the red carpet for the visit of the former GB Fed Cup captain on a rainy Sunday.

Club secretary and treasurer Hamish McBain said the appearance of a Murray in Moray provided the coaches and young players with a special treat.

He revealed how Judy signed a poster of her son Andy, which the club now plans to have framed to take pride of place in their clubhouse.

“She was fantastic with the kids and, at the end, patiently signed anything and everything they could get their hands on,” McBain said.

Adult coaches and young members at Rothes Tennis Club enjoyed a session with Judy Murray
Adult coaches and young members at Rothes Tennis Club enjoyed a session with Judy Murray

Launched by Judy several years ago, the Tennis On The Road scheme aims to give parents, coaches, teachers and volunteers the tools needed to get young people active in their community and help develop tennis in Scotland.

The programme includes tennis games – using everyday household objects – which Judy enjoyed with her sons Andy and Jamie when they were budding young players, before they went on to become Wimbledon champs.

It was the second time that the scheme had come to Rothes, but the first time that the famous Murrays’ mum had appeared herself.

“Whereas last year’s event was all about parent-child interaction, this time it was based on adult helpers and young tennis leaders being shown how to create fun games and competitions, based on a tennis theme, to introduce under-10s to the sport,” McBain said.

Rothes Tennis Club member Cara Coutts gets a lesson from Judy Murray, who as well as coaching her sons Andy and Jamie to the top won more than 60 titles as a junior and senior player.Picture: Eric Cormack.
Rothes Tennis Club member Cara Coutts gets a lesson from Judy Murray, who as well as coaching her sons Andy and Jamie to the top won more than 60 titles as a junior and senior player.Picture: Eric Cormack.

 

A total of 22 children took part in the second half of the Rothes session, led by the adult coaches and members putting their newly-learned skills into practise.

“Those present, young and not so young, thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Even two heavy downpours failed to dampen their enthusiasm. The participants were really pleased at how Judy and Kris (head coach Soutar) put across what they wanted them to do.

The club also presented Judy with a bottle of Macallan in recognition of her visit.

She also visited Lossiemouth Tennis Club and Forres Academy, where she was interviewed by pupils about her programme and met with members of the Forres HWB (Health and Well Being) group.

She later tweeted about her meeting with two young Rothes brothers Charlie and Ian Kennedy, who she had posed with for a photo.

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