STEPHEN Barnfield was among the players who have signed up for the new season at Ludlow Castle Tennis Club.

The club's new tennis courts are up and running.

Members tried out the surface last Saturday's at the club's traditional wine and Subs evening to mark the start of the new season.

Chairman Mike Jones said: “We want to put Ludlow on the map for its tennis, and these new courts will help us do that – we believe we are the first club in Shropshire to have artificial clay, which is such a good surface for coaching, as well as for older members."