TENNIS fans will be in their element this weekend as stars including John McEnroe, Tim Henman and Goran Ivanisevic step out on to a specially- created court within the Capital’s Accies rugby ground.
The Brodies Champions of Tennis, part of the official worldwide ATP Champions tour, is being hosted in the Capital as part of a three-year deal to stage the world-class tournament here.
To compete on the ATP Champions Tour, players must have been world No 1, won a Davis Cup, or played in a Grand Slam final, giving the city’s tennis lovers a real treat on their doorstep.
It was 26 years ago that Argentinian tennis star Gabriela Sabatini played in Edinburgh as part of her Wimbledon warm-up. Just 17 years old back in 1987, the young sports legend practiced her technique at a lawn tennis tournament at Craiglockhart. Her arrival in the Capital caused great excitement amongst the press pack of the day – including with the Evening News’ very own John Gibson.
In 1965, Harry Matheson and John Clifton battled it out for the Scottish lawn tennis singles title at Craiglockhart, which Clifton clinched. Die-hard tennis fans gathered to watch the match, despite the torrential weather, with the players being forced to play on the treacherous rain-soaked court.
Edinburgh residents have a love affair not only with watching the game, but with playing it too.
The victorious girls team from George Heriot’s were all smiles after winning the 15-and-under Scottish Finals of the Midland Bank Schools Tennis Team Competition in 1997, while some cheery young competitors geared up for the East Junior Tennis Tournament at Craiglockhart in June, 1964.