Andy Murray was once a regular on the courts of Perth Lawn Tennis Club, the oldest tennis club in the world – and now two local youngsters are aiming to follow in his footsteps.
Winning Wimbledon may be a long way away for Alexander English and Thomas Dixon but they have started off their careers very well.
Alexander is the Scottish No 1 in the 12 and under age group, he has played for Scotland and is part of the national training programme in Stirling.
The 12-year-old Strathallan pupil has a big date coming up in Nottingham.
He will head south on the back of a lot of good performances, including winning his club’s U/13 singles and doubles titles, the latter with Fraser Ewan.
The Kinnoull Primary pupil is also a Perth Lawn Tennis Club member who practices with the national squad in Stirling.
The 10-year-old came second in the Scottish nine and under championships but he triumphed in the Tayside Open 10 and under event and in the Perth club’s 10 and under competition.
Both lads are the recipients of a £200 grant from Perth and Kinross Sports Council.
For many years, the council has given financial aid to many sportsmen and women, including those who have gone on to win Olympic and Commonwealth medals.