Judy Murray criticises West Lothian tennis courts

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HER sons ply their trade on the finest courts in the world – from the Paris clay to the lush lawns of Wimbledon.

And while Andy and Jamie Murray continue to scoop top titles, their mother Judy has dedicated her life to rearing future stars to follow in their footsteps.

Judy Murray

Judy Murray

But now she has accused a council of serving a double fault by failing to look after public tennis facilities.

After being told of the state of courts in Armadale while hosting a coaching class for primary pupils, Judy fired off a social media volley.

Her tweet, quoting youngsters from the town’s St Anthony’s Primary School, read: “The courts are covered in potholes, weeds and broken glass so we can’t play on them.”

She followed up with a smash: “The courts in Armadale are derelict. The kids want to play. Can you resurrect them please West Lothian Council?”

The P4 pupils secured the top-class tennis lesson with Judy in her hometown of Dunblane after penning a letter to the highly respected coach.

And following Judy’s plea, West Lothian Council has confirmed that a refurbishment of the tennis courts is a possibility.

Funding is in place to revamp Watson Park in Armadale and a public consultation over how best to spend the money is currently under way.

As well as an overhaul for the tennis courts, there are also plans to improve the football facilities and create a multi-use path around the park.

A West Lothian Council spokesperson said courts had recently been upgraded elsewhere in the region.

A council spokesman said: “We are working with partners including Tennis Scotland, sportscotland and the Land Trust to refurbish our tennis facilities to support participation and progression in tennis within the authority.

“Four courts have recently been upgraded in Bathgate with a further six courts across two site in Livingston due to be refurbished prior to the summer, and we hope to deliver further improvements to more local courts in the future.

“Community consultation is currently underway regarding an allocated £1 million investment to improve facilities for a range of sports at Watson Park in Armadale.

“Refurbishing the tennis courts is among the options being proposed, which we hope will be supported by the public.”

And with the whiff of summer in the air, with lighter nights and increasing temperatures, the appetite for an outdoor rally is rising.

A spokesman from Tennis Scotland said: “When there are situations where there are courts in a state of despair and there’s a demand for them, we would do anything we possibly could to change that.”

fiona.pringle@jpress.co.uk