Tennis: Gala to host first leg of Davis Cup Tour

"GHENT, BELGIUM - NOVEMBER 29:  Great Britain Captain Leon Smith lifts the trophy with his players following their victory during day three of the Davis Cup Final match between Belgium and Great Britain at Flanders Expo on November 29, 2015 in Ghent, Belgium.  (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images for LTA)"
"GHENT, BELGIUM - NOVEMBER 29: Great Britain Captain Leon Smith lifts the trophy with his players following their victory during day three of the Davis Cup Final match between Belgium and Great Britain at Flanders Expo on November 29, 2015 in Ghent, Belgium. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images for LTA)"

Borders tennis clubs and organisations are all set to serve up an action packed weekend in various locations around the region.

Following Great Britain’s historic Davis Cup win, the LTA, in association with Tennis Scotland, has launched a nationwide Trophy Tour which will kick off in the Borders on Sunday.

The trophy will be on display at the Borders Tennis Centre, Galashiels between 10am and 2pm when local school children, members and the general public will be given an exclusive opportunity to see and be pictured with the impressive prize, as well as having a chance to pick up a racket and play a bit of tennis.

Scottish Borders tennis development officer Ally McCulloch believes the securing a leg of the trophy tour is a major coup for the region.

“I am absolutely delighted that the Borders has been chosen as one of only 50 venues to showcase the trophy across the whole of the UK,” he said.

“We had to put a bid into the Davis Cup Legacy Tour organisers in order to get this and had to fit the criteria they were looking for.

“There have been great improvements made in terms of facilities and participation within the sport locally over the last few years and a great amount of work put in by clubs and volunteers etc. It’s great to see that hard work is paying off and that we are being recognised at such a high level.”

The trophy will be displayed on court no 1 on Sunday while McCulloch and his team will be organising fun games and coaching elsewhere.

Any wishing to attend should register their interest at www.lta.org.uk/daviscuptrophytour to give organisers an idea of numbers and then just turn up on the day.

Prior to the trophy tour top Scottish tennis coach Kris Soutar is once again bringing his Tennis on the Road programme to the Borders.

There will be sessions for parents and their kids to get involved with - these are running at Hawick and Melrose Tennis Clubs on 1st and 2nd of April respectively.