Events don’t come much rarer than a British success at Wimbledon. Ever since Virginia Wade claimed the ladies’ crown in 1977 by stuffing Betty Stove, the sight of a player from within these shores lifting a trophy aloft on Centre Court has been restricted to the largely insignificant knockabout of mixed doubles.

Wade herself reached the quarter- final stage in 1983 with Jo Durie mirroring that feat a year later. Since then, forget it. And despite game efforts from Mark Cox, Buster Mottram and, more recently Jeremy Bates and Andrew Castle, British men have acquired a habit for spending the second week at Wimbledon in the commentator’s box rather than the winner’s enclosure. This year may see some improvement with Tim Ilenman and Greg Rusedskl threatening to build on recent successes. As for Scottish representation, Miles Maclagan is our only hope and even then he has to shrug off injury and be handed a wild card.

So why are we so rubbish? Nick Imison of the lawn Tennis Association puts it down to a reluctance to plan for the future. ‘In the “IDs we relied on a number of natural athletes who took up the game and kept with it,’ he claims, ‘but now the coaching

Miles Maclagan: a future hope for Wimbledon

programmes and facilities are in place.’

This has resulted in more indoor courts and a structure which is making the game more accessible to future prospects. The fruits are already being borne with Britain’s under-14 boys proudly claiming the number one position in the world. The next Wade or Perry may well be out there but we might have to wait for the next century to arrive before hailing another British victory. (Brian Donaldson)

Wimbledon is on 8801 and 8802 from Mon 24 June.

Events are listed alphabetically by sport, then by day. Fixtures are correct at time of publication, but may be affected by weather. Sports Listings compiled by Brian Donaldson.


I WOHLO BOWL Can the Scottish Claymores end a superb season by taking the World League‘s top prize? The match begins at 3pm. but enjoy the backfield party from noon. Details from the Claymore's Ticket Office on 0131 478 7200.

BASEBALL Sunday 16


I Dundee Dodgers v Tayside Cobras Downfield Park. Dundee. - I Edinburgh Reivers v Glasgow Comets Jack Kane Sports Centre. Edinburgh.

For further information call the British Baseball Federation (Scottish Federation) on 01382 668420.

Wednesday 26

I Loch Lomond Marathon Loch Lomond.

7.30pm. Long. short and novice courses are followed around Balmaha on the east side of Loch Lomond. Forty competitors are expected to take part in this annual event which began in the 1960s and has taken its current route for fifteen years. The long course should take an hour-and- a-half to complete. Call the Strathclyde University Canoeing Club on 0141 552 4400 (extension 2246) for further details.


I Aberdeenshire v Prestwick Momingside Road. Aberdeen. 1pm. I Arbroatlt United v Ilerlot’s FP Lochlands Cricket Ground. Arbroath. lpm.

I Carlton v Strathmore Grange Loan. Edinburgh. 1pm.

I Freuchle v Watsonlans Cricket Ground. Freuchie. 1pm.

I West Lothian v Grange Boghall. Linlithgow. 1pm.

Saturday 22


I Arbroth Ilnlted V Carlton Lochlands Cricket Ground. Arbroath. 1pm.

I Grange v Aberdeenshire Raeburn Place. Edinburgh. lpm.

I Ileriot’s FP v Watsonians Goldenacre. Edinburgh. 1pm.

I Prestwick v Strathmore Prestwick Oval. Prestwick. lpm.

I West Lothian v Freuchie Boghali. Linlithgow. lpm.

For full details on the Scottish Cricket League. call the Scottish Cricket League Committee on 0131 538 1652.

Sunday 16

I Scottish Championships Magnum Sports Centre. Irvine. 9.30am. Both male and female participation in three events of Sabre. Epee and Three Weapons Foil. The event is expected to run on until around 6pm. Call Scottish Fencing on 01786 463399 for details.

Saturday 22

I Scottish Dpen Championships Meadowbank Sports Centre. Edinburgh. 9am. Events are categorised into kilo weights with men‘s from under-65kg to over-95kg. while the women come in at under-48kg to over-72kg. The finals are expected to take place around 4pm. For further information call the Scottish Judo Federation on 0131 317 7270.

KARTING Sunday 23

I The MacMillan National Karting Team

Challenge Scotkart. Carnbuslang. A 150-

minute endurance challenge for teams of

five—ten drivers. And all for a good cause. See Hit List.

MDTDR CYCLING Saturday 22-Sunday 23

I Classic Motorcycle Racing Knockhill Racing Circuit. Dunfermline. 1pm. A two day nostalgia trip with Triumphs. BSA's. Nortons and Ducati's in action. Call Knockhill on 01383 622090 for further information.

TENNIS Saturday 15


I Burnside V Cults Burnside Tennis Club. Glasgow.

I Newlands V Thistle Newlands Tennis Club. Glasgow.


I Cults V Clarkston Cults Tennis Club. Aberdeen.

I Dunfennline V Waverley Dunfennline Tennis Club, Dunfermline. All matches are due to start before 2.30pm. The format is a team game with three doubles matches settling the ties. More information from the Scottish Lawn Tennis Association on 0131 225 1284.

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I Centenary Cup Competition Craiglockhart Sports Centre. Edinburgh. 9.30am. After a successful inaugural year in 1995. this tournament makes its return to Craiglockhart. See Hit List.

Sunday 23

I Scottish Clip Final Newlands Lawn Tennis Club. Glasgow. llam. For further details call the Scottish Lawn Tennis Association on 0131 225 1284.


I llalf Iron Man Aberfeldy Recreation Centre. Aberfeldy. 10.30am. An endurance test of gargantuan proportions as an estimated 50 athletes swim 76 lengths of the pool. cycle 56 miles and then run 13 miles. For more information call the venue on 01887 820922.

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