Oban tennis on the level

The Oban Times - - Sport -

TENNIS play­ers in Oban will be able to play on a level sur­face for the first time in 10 years, as the up­graded courts at At­lantis Leisure are sched­uled to open to the pub­lic on Mon­day.

The de­pleted fa­cil­ity was the sub­ject of a com­mu­nity cam­paign, which started in De­cem­ber of last year, in or­der to raise money to im­prove the slop­ing- courts.

And af­ter rais­ing tens of thou­sands of pounds through grants, lo­cal and na­tional char­i­ta­ble bod­ies and £6,500 from lo­cal peo­ple who do­nated through a crowd­fund­ing page, At­lantis Leisure was able to go ahead with the much-needed upgrade.

A multi-func­tional sports fa­cil­ity, which is still in the process of be­ing de­vel­oped, will sit at the end of the three com­pe­ti­tion stan­dard tennis courts.

Man­ager of At­lantis Leisure Nick Wes­ley said: ‘We’re on target and re­ally ex­cited.

‘We will have three new high qual­ity tennis courts, so we will have courts that can be used all year round, which we have never had.

‘I would like to thank ev­ery­one for their do­na­tions and for mak­ing this hap­pen. The num­ber of peo­ple who have helped has been fan­tas­tic.

‘This is a big pro­ject, a big in­vest­ment, and it is nice that it sits along­side the new play­park. The out­side fa­cil­i­ties in Oban have been se­cured for the fu­ture.’

Chair of Oban Tennis and Squash Club Lynda Ox­land said: ‘We, the Oban Tennis and Squash Club, are all very ex­cited as the courts are look­ing fan­tas­tic. We are look­ing for­ward to play­ing on them.

‘I’d like to give a big thanks to ev­ery­one who has sup­ported us – we are very grate­ful.

‘The West High­land Tennis Week (WHTW) starts one week on Sun­day and there will be events for both adult and kids.

‘The main event will start on June 30 and peo­ple from all over the world will take part. We have 20 com­peti­tors com­ing from the John New­combe Tennis Ranch in the United States and peo­ple from Spain and Bel­gium.

‘How­ever, although it’s a high pro­file week, it’s not all about WHTW – it’s also about the lo­cals who will be play­ing on it ev­ery day.’

Mrs Ox­land con­tin­ued: ‘Oban Tennis and Squash Club mem­bers are re­ally ex­cited about play­ing on good courts for the first time in 10 years.’

West High­land Tennis Week takes place from Sun­day, June 26 un­til July 3, with lo­cal events run­ning from June 26-29.

The cham­pi­onship event will take place from Thurs­day June 30 un­til Sun­day July 3.

Play­ers of all ages and abil­i­ties are wel­come to take part in the com­pe­ti­tions.

Nick Wes­ley, man­ager of At­lantis Leisure, stands in front of the three up­graded, tiger turf cov­ered courts. 17_t25ten­nis03 17 Inset: One of the three tiger turf cov­ered sur­faces that is now at At­lantis Leisure. 17_t25ten­nis01

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