Midlothian’s oldest tennis club feels the ‘Murray effect’ ahead of 125th anniversary

Dalkeith tennis club
Dalkeith tennis club

Midlothian’s oldest tennis club is benefiting from the ‘Murray effect’ with an upsurge in enquiries following his historic Wimbledon victory.

Andy Murray became the first Briton since 1936 to win the men’s singles title and the first Scot since 1896.

John Slater is treasurer and junior liaison officer at Dalkeith Lawn Tennis Club, which this year celebrates its 125th birthday.

John revealed that as with most years the club was more popular during Wimbledon, but that interest has increased in the wake of Murray’s straight sets win over world number one Novak Djokovic and the club hope to capitalise on the demand for tennis it caused by extending their discounted membership offer.

He said: “Since Wimbledon started this year there has been quite a few hits on the website and quite a lot of people contacting us about coming along to play.

“We have quite an active junior section at the club and we have had a lot of interest in that.

“During the Wimbledon fortnight we had a 20 per cent off membership discount offer, so we have carried that on.

“We have had quite a few enquiries, we are still to see how many actually join the club.

“And there has been a further increase in enquiries since Andy Murray won at Wimbledon.

“About a dozen or so in the days that followed.”

Read more on this story in the July 18 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.