Anyone for tennis? New courts open

The opening of the new courts.
The opening of the new courts.

If Murray-fever hits East Renfrewshire, the local tennis club is set to cope with the masses as Whitecraigs opens new courts.

Whitecraigs Tennis Club has recently completed the refurbishment of eight tennis courts.

On six of these, the club has laid an artificial clay court tennis surface which is the very first of its particular kind in Scotland and quite different to artificial grass, which are typically laid in Scottish clubs due to the climate and wet weather.

The product is called Advantage Red Court and is manufactured in the Netherlands.

Colin Taylor, Whitecraigs’ acting tennis convenor, told The Extra: “The surface is designed to mimic real clay tennis courts, which are used at the French Open and many tournaments around the world.

“It is largely thought that the success of tennis in countries such as Spain, France and those in South America, is mainly down to these countries having clay courts.

“The surface laid at Whitecraigs is a carpet that can drain the water away with a fine ceramic-coated sand infill to mimic real clay and can be used all year round.”

Whitecraigs will hold an open day on Sunday, November 1 for the general public.

There will be free tennis, free coaching and other fun and games as well as being able to try out the squash, racketball and gym facilities.

We will have reduced price membership offers on the day for anyone wishing to join.

For more information watch the clubs facebook and twitter pages Whitecraigs Lawn Tennis & Sports Club and @WhitecraigsLTC.