Andy Murray magic can inspire the next generation

13/11/2012,  TSPL, Scotsman, US Open and Olympic Gold medalist Andy Murray gives  a coaching class with his Mother Judy Murray at the Craiglockhart Tennis Centre, Edinburgh. Andy is interviewed by the Evening news very own Bill Lothian. Picture Ian Rutherford
13/11/2012, TSPL, Scotsman, US Open and Olympic Gold medalist Andy Murray gives a coaching class with his Mother Judy Murray at the Craiglockhart Tennis Centre, Edinburgh. Andy is interviewed by the Evening news very own Bill Lothian. Picture Ian Rutherford

Following Andy Murray’s historic Wimbledon win, the momentum may be lost to find local young tennis talents unless facilities are invested in.

This is the opinion of Thorn Park Tennis Club’s head coach, Jordan Gray .

Jordan (32) who has played at elite level, including junior Wimbledon, said: “We need a similar set up here to what is happening in Drumchapel and Kelvingrove. Down there, it is dirt cheap to play. The number of youngsters playing there is off the scale.

“We need to capitalise on what Andy Murray has done and not lose the momentum that has built up.”

Jordan has coached at Thorn Park for seven years, and seen at first hand how popular tennis has become - particularly among youngsters.

He added: “It is shocking. Other areas have invested in park facilities, but in Milngavie and Bearsden we have nothing unless you join one of the clubs.

“This is a crazy situation. We need to make it cost effective for youngsters to pick up a racquet and start playing. If they get hooked this can only benefit club’s in the area.”

Councillor Stewart MacDonald, chair of EDLC Trust, said: “There are opportunities for young people to get involved in tennis at the Allander Leisure centre or in school through a partnership between the Trust and clubs.”