THE cream of young Borders tennis players were hitting winners last week at the indoor Gleneagles Arena.

In a match up against the best players from Central and Tayside, the Under 9s, Under 10s and Under 14s who play out of the Border Tennis Centre in Galashiels acquitted themselves well.

For Borders coach Jonny Adamson it was a valuable exercise.

He said: "It has been a great day for the kids to not only have a rare opportunity to play tennis indoors but also to compete with some high level players.

"Team tennis is hugely important for kids to be involved in as they feel a part of something and are playing for each other.

"This doesn’t always happen in tennis, which is mainly an individual sport, so we are delighted to support more ways to promote team environments.

"The matches were tough but also a fantastic experience for everyone.

"I’m determined to ensure that our players get more of these opportunities.

"It is vital if we are to develop a lasting tennis legacy for juniors here in the Borders."

Representing the Borders at Under 9 were Freya Robertson, Cal Lynch, Rory Mackenzie and Jonathan Turner, while the 10 and Under team was Olivia Richards, Catriona Hart, Katie Swan and Jack Fourie, Benjamin Cove.

The 14 and Under players were Felicity Walls, Daniel Main, Alexander Hart and Fraser Rout.

Jonny added: "Thanks must be extended to those who came along to help as drivers and supporters.

"And a special mention to the older junior players who came along to support as coaching assistants, Lachlan Ferguson and Lewis Watt."