Thomas Enqvist left the Brodies Champions Tennis tournament clutching the Hamilton & Inches Trophy after defeating Mark Philippoussis in a third set tie-break.
And Sweden’s former Australian Open finalist could not have been more complimentary about Edinburgh or the event latterly plagued by bad weather.
“The city is fantastic and the crowd were great. Maybe a regular tour event could come one day especially with Andy Murray making tennis very popular here now,” said Enqvist.
The enterprise shown has to be recognised but there can be no denying the understandable angst of fans who had been led to believe by the pre-tournament advertising that the canopy roof would guarantee tennis whatever the elements. This did not prove to be the case as rain swept in, restricting play on the last two days for patrons who had paid £50 each.
Terms and conditions meant no refunds were necessary but an apology was nevertheless deemed necessary. Organisers said: “We apologise to all ticket-buyers who have faced long periods of frustration whilst waiting for play to resume. We share their disappointment.”