Melrose Tennis Club History
George and Margaret Bunyan were instrumental in starting up the club, with a lot help from Will Grieve and Mac Brown.
Before the clubhouse was built, we used to arrange American Tournaments using Tony Armstrong’s caravan and a tent loaned by Melrose scouts to provide some sort of catering and respite from the weather....ah those were the days!
Club Championships were fiercely contested from the start but at that time we had one ladies and one mens team, both of which played in the second division, so we have certainly come a long way since then!
In May 2000 the club had sufficient funds to buy a former timber shop from up Dingleton Road and then re-erected it as a clubhouse in Gibson Park after receiving planning consent from SBC. This was all the result of club fundraising efforts and the successful applications to various local and national sports awarding bodies.
4 Mar 1998: Public meeting held to re-constitute MWTC
26 Apr 1998: First American Tournament held
Summer 1998: 180 members were recruited & the first friendly fixtures were played
8 Feb 1999: First club AGM took place
2 Jul 2000: Offical opening of the clubhouse
Summer 2000: First league fixtures held
10 Feb 2003: Public meeting & emergency AGM held to consider the development & upgrading of the courts
20 Dec 2004: Official ‘switch on’ of floodlights
2 Jun 2005: Completion of court development
12-18 Jun 2005: Borders Confined Tournament held for the first time
17 Sept 2005: Official opening of the refurbished courts
Sept 2005: First Margaret Bunyan Tournament held
11 Mar 2006: MWTC was awarded “Tennis Scotland Club of the Year”
3 Jun 2007: 60th anniversary of MWTC
Summer 2014: Melrose Men’s 1st team win the league for the 7th time in nine years
Summer 2016: Extension of clubhouse
Winter 2017: Upgrade of clubhouse interior