Members of Uplawmoor Tennis Club are on a high after a £10,000 refurbishment of their three all-weather courts was completed.

And, to celebrate, they enlisted the help of local resident and expert drone pilot David Watkin to take a series of aerial photographs and videos of the new-look facilities.

Club president Murray Pollok said: “You could say we are over the moon with the success of our courts refurbishment.

“We’re delighted at how well the courts look but found it very difficult to capture the transformation by photographing them from the ground.

“Then David came to the rescue with his drone, which was able to capture all three courts in a single frame, as well as video footage of some of our members playing on them.

“David also used the drone to capture an unusual group picture of some of the members who had been playing on the courts.”

Tennis has enjoyed a significantly higher profile in Scottish sport over recent years, largely driven by the success of the Murray brothers, Andy and Jamie.

In a glittering career, Andy has claimed three Grand Slam singles titles, including Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016, as well as winning Olympic gold at the London Games in 2012 and in Rio de Janeiro four years later.

Older brother Jamie is a seven-time Grand Slam doubles champion, with five titles in mixed doubles and two in men’s doubles.

According to the annual report published by governing body Tennis Scotland last year, membership of tennis clubs across the country increased by around 10,000 in the space of 12 months.

And it is hoped the newly-revamped courts will encourage more East Renfrewshire residents to pick up a racquet and give tennis a try.

Murray added: “The courts had been playing perfectly well but time had taken its toll on their appearance, with the playing surfaces, lines and run-off areas losing the vibrancy of their colours.

“Now they literally look brand new again, thanks to our contractors, Fife-based Doe Sport.

“They put down an undercoat that helps seal our tarmac surface and then used special acrylic paint that brings the court colours to life.”

Stuart Wilson, captain of the Uplawmoor men’s team, is also delighted with the end result.

He said: “The refurbishment of the courts is great news for all our members.

“It also sends an important message to anyone who is thinking of joining the club, by showing we are committed to maintaining our facilities to the highest standard to ensure we can play all the year round, weather permitting.”

Uplawmoor Tennis Club is situated behind the Mure Hall, in Tannoch Road, and is keen to welcome new members, who can find more details on Facebook by searching for @UplawmoorTennis.