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Tayport Tennis Club - The good old days Tayport Tennis Club was first formed in the 1880’s and the first tennis courts were created on the site where the present courts are situated. Sadly enough the courts fell into disuse and became a dumping ground for all kinds of rubbish.

Around 1914/15 at the behest of Miss Cobb, teacher at Tayport School, assistance from interested adults and school pupils was sought to remove the refuse with a view to the courts being brought back into use. After much shovelling and infilling of the hard surface courts, tennis was reintroduced as one of the early sporting facilities in Tayport at that time. To progress from the situation with no perimeter fences or pavilion, funds were raised by organizing Tayport Tennis Club dances. Twice yearly, large dances were held in the Temperance Hall and were considered the social event of the year. By 1927 a perimeter fence had been installed and a wooden pavilion erected by a local tradesmen. Three courts were now available for play.

Tayport Tennis Club - Players in action In 1989 major refurbishment of the playing surface took place which saw the provision of the superior sand-filled artificial grass laid, at considerable expense. In the years that followed, membership of the tennis club reached an all-time high of 150 due mainly to the new playing surface and the welcoming and friendly family atmosphere that exits to this day. In 1998 Tayport Tennis Club produced Scotland’s number one lady tennis player in Nicola Payne, who was also ceded no 400 in the world.

In 2003 another major refurbishment was undertaken. After considerable fund raising and obtaining a grand, the old sand-filled artificial grass courts were replaced by three band new (sand-filled) Astroturf tennis courts and another big improvement was made by installing floodlights.

Tayport Tennis Club - Club ChampionshipsThe Tayport tennis club has enjoyed the services of several highly regarded coaches, and currently restarted junior Eastern holiday tennis coaching. The huge interest of young players (and parents) bodes well for the future of the club.

Whether you are interested in competitive tennis or social tennis, the club is delighted to welcome new members. While social members are the life blood of the club, it has also produced some quality players in recent years, playing in 2 Gents teams (div. 2 and 4) and 1 ladies team competing in the various Tennis Tayside Leagues. To it’s credit the club contributes significantly to our town’s community spirit.

Ian Massie / Martijn Schenning