TENNIS courts at two parks in Ealing have been officially reopened after a £122,695 renovation, funded by the Government and LTA Tennis Foundation.

Elthorne Park’s three tennis courts in Hanwell, which are among those to have benefited, hosted a ceremony attended by Virendra Sharma MP, councillors and tennis officials.

There was an opportunity for people to pick up a racket sessions run by Matthew Cattaway, of Elthorne Tennis who operate year-round coaching programmes in the park.

During the morning, 16 players took part in an American doubles tournament, followed by adult and youth sessions. T

he day was rounded off with an exhibition match between junior stars Hephzibah Oluwadare and Hollie Smart.

The LTA is investing in parks tennis across Britain, including five courts in Ealing so far (in Elthorne Park and Wolf Fields).

Work this summer will also transform Churchfields Recreation Ground, Ravenor Park, Southfields Recreation Ground and Spikes Bridge Park.

As well as free weekly tennis sessions, with equipment provided, the new courts will host tennis leagues. All courts will be available to book via the LTA website.

Councillor Polly Knewstub, cabinet member for thriving communities in Ealing, said: “Ensuring local people have access to tennis and other sports facilities is crucial to improving health.”

Stuart Andrew MP, the Sports Minister, said: "These improved tennis facilities in Ealing will provide the community with fun opportunities to get active and potentially become the next Andy Murray or Emma Raducanu."