When you think of tennis in Scotland two words immediately spring to mind: Andy Murray. But the Scottish connection with tennis dates back to long before Andy picked up his first racquet. All the way back to 1539, as it happens, to when King James V had some of the first real tennis courts built at his Fife residence, Falkland Palace. Today they are the oldest real tennis courts still in use.

The Royal Court took two years to complete, and with the exception of two major renovations since, the jeu quarr (square court) has remained relatively unchanged ever since. Mary Queen of Scots and James VI (James I of England) are believed to have played here and, its rich history has made it a Mecca for tennis players and fans alike. Though history doesn’t relate who had the best serve, or whether fine Scottish strawberries were enjoyed afterwards.

Andy Murray

When it comes to Scottish tennis greats, they don’t come much greater than our Andy. Former Wimbledon champion Andy has won two Grand Slams and scooped an Olympic Gold. To mark his Olympic medal success, a gold post box takes pride of place in his hometown in the picturesque village of Dunblane, Stirlingshire.

Find out more about Andy Murray and other successful Scottish sportspeople in our image gallery.

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