Tennis Scotland disappointed by Champions call-off

John McEnroe was lined up for a return to Edinburgh

John McEnroe was lined up for a return to Edinburgh

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Tennis Scotland today expressed disappointment at the cancellation of this week’s Brodies Champions of Tennis event at Raeburn Place.

The event, which was due to feature former Wimbledon champions John McEnroe and Goran Ivanisevic as well as ex-world No.4 Tim Henman, fell through yesterday afternoon as exclusively revealed on www.edinburghnews.com.

As organisers began dismantling the specially-erected court amidst claims that an extended canopy roof could not be fitted as planned, the effects of the blow began to be felt throughout the local tennis community.

A Tennis Scotland spokesperson said: “It’s extremely sad that the event is not going ahead as opportunities to see top-class tennis in Scotland do not come along every day. We were due to supply the officials and ballboys and girls and the youngsters will be really disappointed that all the hard work they’ve put in, in preparation, will be in vain.”

As late as yesterday, some of the juniors who were due to feature in a new “high flyers” event were still practising at Craiglockhart.

Among those affected by the cancellation were Edinburgh Sports Club, who were planning to unveil a revolutionary “padel tennis court” tomorrow.

Padel is played on an enclosed court, half the size of a tennis court, usually in doubles format. Edinburgh Sports Club stressed the launch would still go ahead at noon tomorrow.