Murraymania hit melting point in Falkirk on Sunday as tennis fans followed every stroke of the Wimbledon men’s singles final.
And with the result going the young Scot’s way, hundreds of kids took to the courts this week to attempt to emulate their homegrown hero’s efforts.
Tennis was the word on everyone’s lips and the sport they all wanted to play – from tiny three-year-olds taking part in the Little Smashers tennis coaching organised by Falkirk Community Trust to the talented youngsters at tennis clubs in Falkirk and Laurieston.
Now the trust wants everyone to have an opportunity to give the popular sport a go and next Tuesday, July 16, they will be holding open sessions at Dollar Park.
Their team of coaches will be encouraging people of all ages to come along from 1-5 p.m. to try everything from cardio tennis, mini tennis, competitive matches, smash speeds, accuracy tests and more.
Equipment will be provided, so if you are interested, all you have to do is turn up.
Kirsty Humphries, a sports development officer with the trust, said Falkirk was well ahead of the game in identifying and providing for the growing interest in the tennis.
The summer coaching programme was already full with 600 youngsters signed up hoping to be the next Andy Murray or Laura Robson, while a further 800 people get coaching at sports centres.
She said: “We also run a programme in the primary schools where every P5 and P6 gets four week’s coaching. It’s done in the school clusters with a tournament for each one and at the end of the year a competition in Dollar Park.
“We work closely with Laurieston and Falkirk Lawn Tennis Clubs, but our biggest development to date is the launch of the tennis academy at Denny High School. We helped them apply for £10,000 funding which helped turn the existing 2G pitch into five tennis courts.
“There is also funding for performance coaching in the curriculum. This level of coaching for tennis is usually only available at private schools.”
Plans are also in the pipeline to upgrade facilities at both Dollar Park and Zetland Park, Grangemouth, when funding becomes available.