Councillors last night approved a £150,000 investment to upgrade seven tennis courts a Barn Elms.

At the meeting of the environment, culture and community safety committee councillors gave their seal of approval to plans to modernise and refurbish the courts at the 52-acre riverside sports venue.

The refurbishment will bring the courts up to Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) standards and includes a £30,000 contribution from the London Marathon Charitable Trust.

Environment spokesman Councillor Jonathan Cook said: "This is great news for Barn Elms and demonstrates our commitment to providing really first class sports and leisure facilities for our residents.

"Tennis is one of Britain's fastest growing sports, especially after Andy Murray's successes at the Olympics and the US Open, so I'm delighted that we are able to fully modernise and refurbish these tennis courts, and bring them up the very high standards set by the LTA."

The announcement is the lastest piece of good news for Barn Elms which had four new beach volleyball courts built after Wandsworth Council secured 1,000 tonnes of sand from last summer's Olympic venue at Horseguards Parade.