Tennis club calls for new members

Caption: Oban Tennis and Squash Club (OTSC) coach Gregor Brydon, foreground, with OTSC chairman Billy Thomson, left, and Atlantis Leisure General Manager Nick Wesley.

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Oban Tennis Club is looking forward to a big turnout at its first tournament of 2021 later this month.

Up to 16 players can take part in the Men’s Singles Challenge but to get a place players are being encouraged to sign up quick. The entry fee is £10.

More information can be found on the Lawn Tennis Association’s webpage by looking up WSC-21-0113, sayid tennis coach Gregor Brydon. Players in the event will be guaranteed at least three matches, he added.

When Oban’s Atlantis Leisure Centre opened its doors on May 1 it meant tennis was back in town with bookings for the courts being taken at reception or on the ‘iScuba’ app.

The re-opening brings a call for more members to join.

Club nights are Mondays and Wednesdays from 6pm to 8pm with adult coaching on a Friday from 6pm to 7pm. More information on junior coaching will be available soon.

Any players going along to a club night must be a member and sign in before going onto the courts keeping to covid and social distancing rules.

Tennis being played in Oban dates back to the early 1900s when there were originally eight blaes tournament-standard tennis courts next to the bowling green on Dalriach Road.

When the up-keep got too costly in the post-war years and they were little used in 1968, four of the courts were made into a temporary car park which spurred a few of the regular users to re-form the tennis club and get the lost courts brought back to use.

Over the years there have been lots of changes including Atlantis Leisure Centre being built on the site of those old tennis courts and the club moving to Lochavullin when it was allocated playing space on part of a football pitch.

It was another five years before the new all-weather tennis courts were built at Atlantis with the help of fundraising and grants.

In the following years, more fundraising was needed to build a clubhouse, then two squash courts were added and the changing rooms were renovated and enlarged.

Years later more fundraising and grants led to today’s tennis courts being built and they were leased to Atlantis Community Leisure Enterprise in 1994.