What about Salmond's 'promises' of government help when he met Andy and Judy in Dunblane to discuss a possible tennis academy? As far as I know they came to nothing, as usual, so it's a bit pathetic that it's taken his Wimbledon win to shake them up.
Certainly the municipal courts near where I live have improved beyond all recognition in the last three or four years - the dreadful old concrete, crumbling, pot-holed courts have vanished and been replaced by twice the number of courts with proper hard-court surfaces. Also there are coaches on hand to give free coaching lessons. But the funding for all this comes from the City of Edinburgh Council.
But where does the funding for the City of Edinburgh Council come from? They decide how to spend, and well done them for spending on sports facilities, whether tennis or any other kind, but the bulk of local authority money comes from the government.