Tennis players and budding enthusiasts in Girvan are celebrating this week after local courts were re-opened after months of delay.
Last month the Gazette had reported on how local parents and individuals had been angry that youngsters hadn’t been able to take advantage of the good summer weather on the tennis courts.
One said then: “With Andy Murray winning Wimbledon and the weather picking up, kids would have been eager to use the facilities. But by the time they are ready, they’ll be back at school.”
However, the courts in Trowier Road were opened on Thursday after issues surrounding weeds on one of the courts were finally resolved.
Mare tail weeds had grown through one of the courts and due to its very long roots specific weed killers had to be used to destroy it.
This has now happened and already over 100 players have stepped back onto the court in the first few days of them being re-opened.
After visiting the tennis courts Councillor Bill Grant, Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure Portfolio Holder for the Council said: “It was wonderful to see the tennis court open again now the particularly stubborn mares tail weed has been removed. The process of removing these weeds cannot be hurried and as chemicals had to be used the court had to be closed.
“We took the opportunity to resurface the court at the same time and it is looking great. I was really pleased to see some of the members of the Girvan Tennis Club enjoying using the court.
“Tennis has always been popular but with Andy Murray’s victory at Wimbledon tennis is more popular than ever.”