Tennis on the Road kicked off in September and uses the same games that Judy taught her star sons Andy and Jamie when they were young. It follows on from her Set4Sport campaign launched in 2011 and continues her partnership with the Royal Bank of Scotland.
“Tennis on the Road takes tennis around Scotland into places where there is little or no activity. Our aim is to grow the game by inspiring participation and developing the skills of those who will deliver it,” said Murray.
“We will train volunteers, parents and teachers to run simple fun sessions and pop up tournaments, but we will also run roadshows and coach workshops ourselves. I’m very excited about Tennis on the Road because we have an amazing opportunity to capitalise on Andy and Jamie’s success and really increase participation across the country.”
The Set4Sport coaching methods focus on the ABCs of sport: agility, balance and co-ordination. After kicking off on the Isle of Harris, which holds the most remote tennis court on the British Isles, the tour advanced to Cumbernauld, where there are no public tennis courts available. However, there are plans to build three floodlit courts at the Broadwood Leisure Centre, and 4,000 local children got a taste of tennis through the scheme.
“I’m a bit tied up with Strictly right now but my team are hard at work planning the next roadshow in November and I’ll be very hands on when my dancing cha-cha-challenge is over!” said Murray.