Tennis courts

Andy Murray slams derelict East Kilbride tennis courts

Tennis star Sir Andy Murray has spoken out about the state of public tennis courts in East Kilbride after being flagged down by a disgruntled parent on social media.

Twitter user Allan Kay tagged the sports icon, his tennis champion brother Jamie and famous mum Judy in a post highlighting the condition of the courts at the John Wright Sports Center, which have been locked down and are currently full of a number of wheelie bins.

The message, accompanied by a photo of Mr Kay’s eight-year-old daughter Matilda at the locked gates of the courts, read: “Hi can you please help. These are our tennis courts in East Kilbride , our advice can’t help. It’s been left in ruins and filled with rubbish bins now and the kids have nowhere to play but pay for a club membership at a private club.”

Allan’s post was retweeted by the three-time Grand Slam champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist with the words ‘shambles’, while Sir Andy also tagged Tennis Scotland, the sport’s governing body, to highlight the issue .

What the courts looked like. A Google Street View image captured nine years ago.

Once a popular tennis arena that housed three clay courts, it has fallen into disrepair and hasn’t been open for years, leaving the next generation of budding Andy Murray without public courts to play in the city.

The nearest public courts are in Hamilton.

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