Tennis Scotland serve up top award to our Rick

Rick Gardner, an LTA Licensed Official, has been named Official of the Year in the Tennis Scotland Awards 2019 thanks to his outstanding contribution to tennis in an officiating role.
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The Tennis Scotland Awards recognises the incredible achievements, work and dedication of individuals, clubs, teams, tournaments and programmes across the country.

All 13 winners will be recognised at an awards ceremony to be held at a later date.

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Blane Dodds, Tennis Scotland chief executive, said: “Each year, the Tennis Scotland Awards give us the chance to recognise the incredible achievements of individuals, clubs, teams, tournaments and programmes across the country.

“We were truly overwhelmed by the quality of nominations we received so each and every winner should be very proud of their achievement, as should everyone who was shortlisted for an award.”

The winners will now go forward to be considered for the LTA Tennis Awards national shortlist in each of their respective categories.

Launched in 2015, the LTA Tennis Awards celebrate the thousands of individuals involved in tennis – from the 25,000 volunteers, to the 4400 coaches and 940 officials.

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They also highlight the incredible achievements of 20,000 schools, 2700 clubs and over 9700 LTA approved tournaments in helping to grow the sport.

Tennis Scotland Awards 2019 winners: Lifetime Achievement – Yvonne Birnie (Rothiemurchus and Aviemore TC); Volunteer of the Year – Bryan Leslie (Gullane TC); Coach of the Year – Derek Brown (Strathgryffe); Club of the Year – Prestwick Tennis and Fitness; Communities and Parks Award – Meadows Tennis Park; Education Award – Fraser Gilmour (Glasgow City Council); Disability Award – Prestwick Tennis and Fitness Disability Programme; Official of the Year – Richard Gardner (St Andrews); Competition of the Year – Mactaggart & Mickel East Lothian Open (North Berwick); Team of the Year – 12U Boys North County Cup Team; Junior Player of the Year – Matthew Rankin; Senior Player of the Year – Marjory Love; International Player of the Year – Maia Lumsden.

To learn more about the Tennis Scotland Awards, please visit

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