Serve and volley at public tennis courts in Edinburgh

As soon as Wimbledon rolls by, everybody discovers their inner Andy Murray, dusts off the old racquet and heads out for the tennis courts. Form an orderly queue please, for Edinburgh's municipal courts.

The leisure department of Edinburgh district council (www.edinburghleisure.co.uk) provides tennis courts in four locations in the city: Craiglockhart, the Meadows, Inverleith Park and St Margaret's Park.

Craiglockhart Tennis Centre has the best facilities in Edinburgh, with 6 indoor acrylic, 8 outdoor clay and 3 dome courts. It offers coaching, organises tournaments, and provides children's courses and holiday programmes.

The Meadows, not to be confused with Flushing Meadows, is the traditional city centre location, with 16 outdoor courts in a beautiful green space. Courts are available all year round, Edinburgh weather permitting, and it's the home of the Meadows tennis club.

The charges for the Meadows courts are £8.50, £6.50 for leisure card holders, and £4.50 concessions. In summer, courts are staffed from 9am - 9pm Monday to Friday and 10am - 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The courts are open all the time, and if you play outside the staffed times, there is no charge. So, specialists in dusk or dawn tennis can save themselves some cash.

If that wasn't too painful and you managed to win a few sets without breaking your strings or twanging a hamstring, you might like to think about joining a private club, and leaving the public tennis courts to the rest of us seasonal plodders. You'll find a helpful list of Edinburgh clubs at www.edinburghtennis.co.uk.

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