COUNCIL chiefs will meet Judy Murray’s charity to discuss a potential £100,000 investment to breathe new life into tennis courts in Maryhill Park.

Politician Bob Doris approached Glasgow City Council to request the meeting after tennis coach Judy paid a special visit to the derelict former courts last week.

Proposals to breathe new life into the space suggest re-surfacing and re-fencing the courts which have been abandoned for many years –and require hundreds of pounds worth of investment.

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Bob Doris, SNP MSP for Maryhill and Springburn, hopes the move could help develop a grassroots community tennis network.

He said: “Judy Murray ran starter tennis sessions for families in the local community and there was clearly a huge appetite and interest for tennis demonstrated within the community.

“I have written a letter to Glasgow City Council and they have agreed to a meeting to discuss the potential revamp of the courts.

“I was delighted to hear of Judy Murray’s desire to make tennis available to everyone, irrespective of income.

“Over a number of years I have corresponded with Glasgow City Council seeking improvements to the tennis courts within Maryhill Park, as well as having supported volunteers do essential repair works to try and breathe some life back into the tennis courts.

“However to date the council has unfortunately not been able to take action to improve the courts or offer tennis to the community in any structured way.

“I understand that an investment of around £100,000 from the council could deliver the key resurfacing and re-fencing improvements required. There may never be a better prospect of breathing life back into these tennis courts and developing a grassroots community tennis network. I would hope Glasgow City Council will grasp this opportunity.”

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The meeting follows OBE Judy’s much-anticipated visit to north Glasgow where volunteers had weeded the ground and set up a net.

Volunteers from the Friends of Maryhill group took matters into their own hands at the five red ash courts which had been allowed to get into a state of some disrepair on their doorstep.

During her visit, Judy said “I have always hated the idea that tennis is only for people who have money. If we re-surface it and re-fence it then my foundation can come in and work with the local community.

“There are three primary schools and one secondary school within walking distance so if you network the schools and involve the local residents then you can have a great community facility.

“The boys have created a huge profile around tennis but we need to do this now to make tennis accessible and affordable for everyone.”

Glasgow City Council’s chief executive Annemarie O’Donnell said the local authority would be “happy” to attend a meeting to discuss the option.

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A spokeswoman for Glasgow Life said: “Tennis is a very popular activity in Glasgow, and is supported by the work we carry out in developing the sport across the city.

“Around 1,200 young people and 700 adults participate in our coach-led programmes every week and, in the last five years, more than £600,000 has been spent on refurbishing and resurfacing Glasgow Life’s indoor and outdoor tennis courts.”