Andy Murray, ace tennis player, after his recent success in Davis cup has said it is time that Tennis Scotland delivers its promise to build 10 indoor tennis facilities in the next five years. Murray hails from Scotland in the UK.
Tennis Scotland, which is the governing body for tennis in Scotland, while acknowledging the recent success of the Murray brothers in Davis cup is resolved to develop a lasting legacy for these two Scottish tennis aces.
In an interview to BBC Scotland, Andy Murray is quoted to have said, “It’s important to capitalist on the momentum we have just now in British tennis.”
Andy Murray who is Global Ambassador for UNICEF, United for Wildlife, Malaria No More and World Wildlife Foundation, began playing tennis at the age of 4. He has won a total of 3 Grand Slam titles and 12 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles. He also has the distinction of holding back to back Olympic golds.
Sibling Jamie Murray, fourth in the world doubles rankings, too began playing with his bother Andy and mother Jude at the age of 4. His mother Jude Murray is the current British Fed Cup Captain. Besides tennis Jamie also likes to play golf and is also a big soccer fan. He supports Edinburgh Hibs soccer team.
Stressing the need to implement the plans of the Scottish Tennis governing body to build indoor facilities, Murray commented,” While we are still playing and still visible, it’s probably a good time. Me and Jamie won’t be playing forever. I’ve maybe got three or four more years at the top level. Maybe Jamie, at doubles, can go on a bit longer. The more facilities the better. The weather in Scotland isn’t great and it can be expensive to play indoors. Hopefully, they follow through on that promise.”
This year in the Davis cup the Scottish brothers had performed commendably. They were able to win the doubles title for Great Britain after a 79-year wait in 2015.
It might be worth a note that according to a report published in the dailyrecord.co.uk, UK’s national governing body for tennis, The Lawn Tennis Association, has an annual budget of around £60million and only £800,000 is allocated to Scotland.
Judy Murray, in a recent interview, spoke in context to building of the indoor facilities in Scotland. She said, “If we don’t do it while Andy and Jamie are still playing, where’s the leverage? That’s my biggest fear. I don’t want them to be a flash in the pan. We need to celebrate what they have achieved and make sure there’s a legacy from it”.