Remember when: Big tennis names in the Capital

Spectators enjoy the Scottish Tennis Championships at Craiglockhart in July 1971. Picture: TSPL
Spectators enjoy the Scottish Tennis Championships at Craiglockhart in July 1971. Picture: TSPL
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FOR the next week, every self-respecting tennis fan will be glued to their seats watching the drama of Wimbledon unfold in front of them from the comfort of their living rooms.

TV channels will be permanently showing the centre court action as we pray for a repeat of Andy Murray’s 2013 victory.

Spectators decide to wait it out under their umbrellas when rain stops play. Picture: TSPL

Spectators decide to wait it out under their umbrellas when rain stops play. Picture: TSPL

Sales of Pimm’s and strawberries will no doubt shoot up over this two-week period, while tennis clubs will see a boost in numbers as the tennis bugs grips the nation.

Edinburgh residents have always had a love of the sport, with competitions attracting spectators in their droves.

Craiglockhart tennis courts – where Andy Murray himself once trained – have been a particularly popular hotspot over the decades, playing host to a number of important championships.

Crowds flocked to 
Craiglockhart in July, 1971 to watch the Scottish Tennis Championships. The beautiful sunny day saw spectators lying back on the grass enjoying the games on the courts beneath them.

Competitors including Veronica MacLennan, centre, and Ralph Skea, extreme right, line up. Picture: TSPL

Competitors including Veronica MacLennan, centre, and Ralph Skea, extreme right, line up. Picture: TSPL

But even the rain didn’t dampen the spirits of tennis fans. In June, 1987, spectators huddled under their umbrellas waiting for play to resume after a massive downpour during the Scottish Grass Court Championships at Craiglockhart.

Young and old celebrated the opening of new tennis courts at Murrayfield Tennis Club in May, 1978.

The generation gap was also bridged by tennis at Craiglockhart. In July, 1963, Lew Hoad gave Duncan Wylie some tips on his grip, while Rod Laver spoke to some of the junior players.

Edinburgh welcomed another famous face in November, 1975 when Romanian player Ilie Nastase flew into town.

Lew Hoad gives Duncan Wylie a grip tip while Rod Laver talks to some of the juniors at Craiglockhart in 1963. Picture: TSPL

Lew Hoad gives Duncan Wylie a grip tip while Rod Laver talks to some of the juniors at Craiglockhart in 1963. Picture: TSPL

An air hostess asks Romanian tennis player Ilie Nastase for his autograph as he arrives at Edinburgh Airport. Picture: TSPL

An air hostess asks Romanian tennis player Ilie Nastase for his autograph as he arrives at Edinburgh Airport. Picture: TSPL