For several athletes from smaller nations the Commonwealth Games provides a rare opportunity to represent their country on the international stage. Particularly for the individual sports (such as tennis) it also offers the chance to compete as part of a team, which is really special. [Mhairi Brown]
Unfortunately, the Delhi Games have been plagued by well-reported problems which have caused some high profile names not to participate, but the feeling is that they'll probably still go ahead. Hopefully they will, for the sake of India and for the sake of the competitors who have trained hard for them. It'll also be interesting to see how representatives of the tennis community in the Commonwealth fare in the first appearance of that sport in these Games.
Running from 4-10 October, tennis will consist of five events – Singles (Men and Women), Doubles (Men and Women) and Mixed Doubles – and will be held at the R.K. Khanna Tennis Complex. Raj Kumar Khanna was a former president of the All India Tennis Association. For further info - http://www.cwgdelhi2010.org/sport/tennis
Sadly, Elena Baltacha has understandably withdrawn from Team Scotland due to health concerns and, because of the imminence of his wedding, Jamie Murray will make his decision at the end of this week. Should Jamie not take part, Scotland will have only 3 players - Colin Fleming, Mhairi Brown and Jocelyn Rae
Meanwhile Team England have lost Richard Bloomfield through injury and he's been replaced by Josh Goodall.
Wales has a sole representative in 20-year-old Joshua Milton (#428)Jamie Murray still to make his mind up about Delhi
[Scotsman, 28 Sept]http://sport.scotsman.com/tennis/Jamie-Murray-still-to-make.6553402.jp