Aug 10 2012 by Johnathon Menzies, Stirling Observer Friday
ORGANISERS of a weekend tennis tournament in Dunblane are hoping Andy Murray’s historic Olympic gold medal will have a silver lining.
Dunblane Sports Club will play host to the second annual Judy Murray Cup on Sunday – exactly one week on from when Cathedral City hero Andy defeated Roger Federer to finish top of the rostrum in the men’s singles contest at London 2012. The 25-year-old also claimed a silver medal for Team GB in the mixed doubles tournament alongside teenage talent Laura Robson during a frenetic day of competition.
And, with ‘Murraymania’ at its height, a bumper field of 60 youngsters will take to local courts as part of a contest designed to nurture the next generation of sporting talent. The event is run by Dunblane Sports Club and Bridge of Allan and Dunblane Rotary for children who have not taken part in competitions before.
Kids will either take part in the mini cup for 5-7-year-olds or the junior cup, for those aged 8-10.
Winners will receive cups and a portrait by local Rotarian Derek Collins.
The child who raises the most sponsorship money will receive a tennis lesson from Judy Murray. Local Rotary club member Graham Russell said yesterday (Thursday) that Fed Cup captain Judy was due to fly back to Scotland on Sunday and was expected to attend the latter stages of the tournament, which runs from 10am until 4pm.
Sponsorship money will be donated to the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) and Dunblane Sports Club.