Club History

History of Melrose Waverley Tennis Club

George and Margaret Bunyan were instrumental in starting up the tennis club, with a lot of 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”.
“The club championships were fiercely contested from the start but at that time we only had 1 Ladies and 1 Mens team, both in the 2nd 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 all came about as a result of club fundraising efforts and successful applications to various national and local sports awarding bodies.

Key dates

4 Mar 1998 Public meeting held to re-constitute Melrose Waverley Tennis Club.

26 April 1998 First American Tournament held.

Summer 1998 First friendly fixtures played.

Summer 1998 180 members had been recruited.

8 Feb 1999 First Annual General Meeting of the Club.

2 Jul 2000 Official opening of the clubhouse.

Summer 2000 First league fixtures take place.

10 Feb 2003 Public meeting and Emergency General Meeting held to consider the development and upgrading of the courts.

20 Dec 2004 Official switch on of floodlights.

2 Jun 2005 Final stage of the court development – painting.

12 to18 Jun 2005 Borders Confined Tournament held for first time.

21 Jun 2005 Final invoice from Doe Sports received for the re-surfacing of the courts.

17 Sep 2005 Official opening of the re-surfaced courts.

Sep 2005 Margaret Bunyan Trophy played for first time.

11 March 2006 The club was awarded “Tennis Scotland Club Of The Year"

3 Jun 2007 60th Anniversary celebration of the Club.

Summer 2014 Melrose Men’s 1st team win the League (7th time in 9 years).