Game, set and match for tennis courts

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It’s a case of game, set and match for the successful bid to re-open Banchory’s tennis courts and there will now be an open day to celebrate.

Sited on Banchory’s Dee Street, the courts are ran by the near-by Banchory Bowling Club.

The club, established in 1903- is one of the area’s oldest, were helped in the bid to re-open the facilities by Aberdeenshire Council, who own the land.

There will now be a chance for aspiring Andy Murrays as the club are now hosting a grand opening event on Saturday and Sunday (August 24 and 25) from 10 am to 6pm.

There are three courts and now a brand new mini tennis court for children aged up to eight years old.

For those less experienced or who would just like to improve, there will be coaching on hand.

Special rates are available on the days.

Alan Jarvie of Banchory Bowling Club said: “It’s a shame we’ve missed the best summer in years and Andy Murray’s Wimbeldon victory, which we thought would get a lot of people on the courts, but we’re very glad they have now opened. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for Andy in the US open!”

Banchory and Mid-Deeside Councillor Linda Clark said: “It has been a long time coming with the councillors asking for the funding to be considered.

The Volunteers from the. Bowling club have been looking after their bowling area and have looked after the putting area for a long time (right next year).

“However the Tennis courts upgrade and subsequent access to the community is a very welcome facility. It’s also another attraction for visitors especially those from the nearby caravan parks.”

Cllr Clakr added: “This is a very inclusive facility which may well yield Deeside’s tennis stars who are as yet undiscovered.”