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.
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.
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.
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.
FANG reporters at work interviewing Judy Murray & Kris Soutar. Nervous at start but did a fantastic job-well planned & executed. Congrats. pic.twitter.com/ZEovioz7JS— Forres HWB (@ForresHWB) 13 September 2017
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.
Met 2 bros in Rothes.— judy murray (@JudyMurray) 10 September 2017
"We want 2b the next Jamie + Andy"
Do u fight with each other?
"Yes all the time"
Good start. pic.twitter.com/kWcUcnCu9c