TENNIS fans from around Tweeddale were served with an ace day of play and coaching on Saturday.

Some of the country's best young talents as well as many leading coaches were on hand at the new-look Peebles Lawn Tennis Club.

Conducting the opening ceremony was local MP David Mundell along with Blane Dodds, CEO of Tennis Scotland.

Three years of form-filling, fundraising and improvements have led to the entire club at Victoria Park being transformed.

And the new artificial clay courts, which are the first of their kind in Scotland, are the icing on the cake of the £200,000 renovations.

Throughout Saturday there were coaching sessions with Leonardo Azevedo, who has guided the likes of Juan Carlos Ferrero in the past, and the National Academy's Bruno Argudo.

Former UK doubles champion James MacKinlay showed he's not lost his way around the court with some eye-catching backhands.

And many leading young local players took to the courts with members of the prestigious Merchiston School Academy.

Gordon Russell from Peebles Lawn Tennis Club told us: "We were blessed with fine weather and some great tennis on our new courts."

A recruitment drive is currently underway at the club with an aim of increasing membership from the current 147 to nearer 250.

Plans are also in the pipeline to start fundraising for creating disabled access to the clubrooms.

Mr Russell added: "We want to make Peebles Lawn Tennis Club accessible for all.

"Wheelchair tennis is a growing sport and it would be great if we could cater for players."