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Andy Murray has taken to Twitter to slam Tennis Scotland for the state of local tennis courts in East Kilbride. The former world No 1 received a tweet from someone showing the dire state of the public courts, which were left grown out and covered with bins. It means local children have been left unable to play tennis unless they can afford to use courts at a private club nearby.
Murray received a tweet from a disgruntled member of the public who shared the shocking state of the public tennis courts in the Scottish town.
Tagging Andy, as well as his brother and doubles sensation Jamie, and their mum Judy, Allan Kay wrote: “Hi can you please help.
“This is our tennis courts in East Kilbride our council can’t help. It’s been left to ruin and left full of bins now and kids have nowhere to play tennis apart from paying a club membership at private club.”
The photos show the courts looking almost non-existent as they have been unkept and ended up growing over, while a number of wheelie bins were left open over the surface.
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The 46-time title winner quoted the tweet and simply wrote: “Shambles @tennisscotland”.
His mother and childhood coach Judy also responded directly to Allan, giving him the contact details for the Head of Facilities at Tennis Scotland.
Murray has previously criticised the British national governing body of tennis, the Lawn Tennis Association, for failing to capitalise on his past success and make tennis more popular.
Following Great Britain’s victory at the Davis Cup in 2015, the former world No 1 said the LTA needed to “act” on the piqued interest in tennis to attract young players to the sport.
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At the time, Murray told a number of British journalists that he didn’t want to “waste time” talking about the situation with the LTA as he said “nothing ever gets done”.
His brother Jamie also criticised the governing body for failing to capitalise on the rise of popularity in tennis after Andy’s successes at Grand Slams and in the Davis Cup, after a notable lack of junior Brits competing at the Slams.
“Andy has done such amazing things in his career and for tennis in this country. And now we have won the Davis Cup, we have got a good chance to make the most of it. But unfortunately, it does not seem that it is happening,” he said in 2015.
“That needs to change. We went to the U.S. Open in the last two years and there has not been one [British] boy playing [in the junior event].”
Murray recently played his first event since the Tokyo Olympics, where he was forced to withdraw from the men’s singles with a thigh injury, playing alongside Joe Salisbury in the doubles until the pair lost at the quater-finals stage.
He received a wildcard into this week’s Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, starting his campaign with a 6-4 6-4 win over fellow tour veteran Richard Gasquet.
The world No 105 then fell to ninth seed Hubert Hurkacz in their second round clash on Wednesday (August 18), looking good in the first set before the Pole won 7-6(4) 6-3.
Murray will next compete at the US Open in less than two weeks, where he earned direct entry after fellow three-time Major champion Stan Wawrinka pulled out.
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