YESTERDAY encapsulated the two extremes of Judy Murray’s life almost perfectly; the morning spent in the Gorbals getting her hands dirty tutoring a bunch of aspiring tennis coaches, the evening spent at glitzy gala dinner in Glasgow in the company of the great and the good of Scottish sport ahead of this evening’s Andy Murray Live event, which will see the two-time Wimbledon champion take on the greatest tennis player to have ever picked up a racket, Roger Federer.

Murray’s visit to the Gorbals, which was followed by an afternoon session at Scotstoun, was part of her Tennis on the Road programme that, for the past four years, has seen Murray and her sidekick, Kris Soutar, travel the length and breadth of Scotland with the aim of inspiring coaches, children, and parents to get involved in tennis.

It says much for Murray that she continues to relentlessly fight to promote tennis when she has, at times, come up against considerable resistance. The limited funding of her Tennis on the Road programme means that herself and Soutar can only spend 50 days a year on the project and with only one van to deliver the programme, they are severely limited in how many people they can reach.

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And in August, it was revealed that Park of Keir, Murray’s sports centre that she has long been masterminding, would be granted planning permission - a decision that has been long awaited.

“It has taken us almost five years to get to this point and it will probably be another two years before the doors open,” she said. “I’m obviously thrilled – but I just wish it had happened sooner so we could have capitalised on the buzz that Andy and Jamie’s success.

“It’s a bricks and mortar legacy but it’s also a base where I can work and pass on everything I’ve learned over the 27 years that I’ve been coaching. I’ve got a lot of experience to share and I believe that if we can build a stronger workforce, there’s no reason why we can’t produce more champions. But my goal is grass roots – it’s about building a strong tennis nation at grass roots level because 99 percent of players in any sport are always going to be recreational.”

With the number of hours spent by Murray to promote tennis in Scotland, it seems, on occasion, that she is single-handedly doing the job of promoting the sport that those in power should actually be doing, a suggestion that she does not entirely disagree with.

“I suppose I do feel that a little bit,” she said. “I’ve always realised that there’s only so much you can do on your own though - Kris is a tremendous coach educator but we have only one van whereas if we had enough money for half a dozen vans, we could do a whole lot more.

“I believe I getting out there in front of people but it feels to me that there are more positions than ever in governing bodies and across sport that are non-delivery. They’re all about pen-pushing and meetings and talking about things but what we actually need is people getting gout there.

“We have this opportunity in Scotland and it really frustrates me that we’ve not been able to capitalise on it.”

That Murray has not had greater support is not only a frustration to her, it should also been seen as somewhat of a dereliction of duty by the bodies who should have seen the success of Andy and Jamie Murray as the perfect platform on which to build. “I do think that Tennis Scotland could have done more but I also think that the LTA could have invested more into Scotland,” she reveals.

“If this was a business and you looked at Scotland as your production plant, you’d think you’d put more support into this.

Today though, Murray will not be facing the wind and the rain that she often faces during her tennis clinics; instead she will be hosting corporate clinics that are being held ahead of Andy Murray Live.

With last year’s event going so well, Murray admits to being a tad more relaxed this time around. “Last year I was loving it and petrified at the same time that something was going to wrong,” she laughs. “It’s such a fantastic opportunity for the boys to play in Scotland though.”

It will also, she admits, be a relief to see Andy back on court after a four month lay-off due to a hip injury - and who better to test the waters against than Federer, who collected two Grand Slam titles this year? “Andy’s been hitting for around four weeks so the match against Roger will be a chance for him to test it out,” she said.

“In one way, I’ve quite enjoyed the lack of stress but at the same time, I’ve quite missed it because it’s been part of our lives for so long. So it’ll be nice to see him back.”