TENNIS courts in a city park will be getting a complete revamp after the council promised £50,000 for repairs.

A potential pot of £200,000 has been set aside to fix outdated courts in Cripplegate Park and bring two back into use.

The city council’s income generation subcommittee also pledged £50,000 of its money to add into the overall pot assigned for patching up some of the city’s neglected tennis courts on Tuesday (July 10).

The remaining money will be made up of £50,000 compensation from the county council for damage caused to the tennis courts during the New Road flood alleviation work and a £50,000 interest free loan from the Lawn Tennis Association.

A further £50,000 grant from the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has been delayed due to changes in the application process.

Councillor Jo Hodges said she was “very happy” to allocate the money.

She said: “We might have an Andy Murray out there just waiting.”

Cllr Hodges also said it was good that the new facilities will provide wheelchair access.

She said: “I do understand that wheelchair tennis does take place so the entrance to the court should be made wide enough for wheelchair access.”

Work on the tennis courts at Cripplegate Park will still go ahead even if the grant from the Lawn Tennis Association is not forthcoming.

If the LTA grant is made, the project could also see two courts in Gheluvelt Park resurfaced and up to four floodlit courts for community use in Nunnery Wood.