TENNIS fans gripped by Wimbledon fever are upset at the state of Huddersfield's courts.
Players have been dusting down their rackets and donning their whites for a game with pals.
But rundown courts with bumpy surfaces are taking the fun out of their sport sessions.
Kirklees Council has 73 tennis courts.
Only two sets are within the Huddersfield area - at Marsden and at Greenhead Park, Marsh.
Courts at Ravensknowle Park and Fernside in Almondbury have been turned into multi-use courts.
Users say the condition of some council-run courts makes it hard to get a decent game.
Chris James, 33, a mechanical engineer who lives in Lowerhouses, uses the Greenhead courts.
He said: "The surface of the tennis courts there is in the same state as Kirklees roads.
"At Greenhead, the balls fly all over the place and the surface is so uneven. Tim Henman wouldn't have got a look in if he was from Huddersfield."
Will Forde, 21, of Birkby, has been playing at Greenhead Park for five years.
He said: "It wouldn't take much money to sort them out.
"These courts are really well used, because tennis is a sport for everyone. They could even get away with charging if they sorted it out," he added.
The courts are free to use in winter and when the cafe at Greenhead Park - which issues tickets - is closed.
When the cafe is open in the summer use of a court costs £1.80 for adults and 90p for children.
Geoff Hirst, of Kirklees Council Culture and Leisure Services, said there were no specific plans to refurbish the Greenhead Park courts.
But he added that they would not be forgotten in plans being drawn up to redevelop the park.
The plans will go ahead if cash is secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Mr Hirst added: "We are not aware that the courts are dangerous in any way. We sweep the surfaces for grit and we are making sure they are all ready for Wimbledon."
An alternative for tennis fans is to join a private club.
Ken Roys, secretary of Oakfield Tennis and Bowling Club at Birkby, said: "Most beginners get their first experience of tennis at the local park. But they will not take up tennis seriously unless there is investment to improve the courts.
"They need to be coached on good courts. If they are, we might find we have future champions."
Name: Matthew Schreibke, 16
Says:: "The facilities could be better." His father, Marcus (right), said: "The surface is rough. If it gets much worse it could become a health and safety issue. But it is a question of the council deciding how money can be spent to benefit the most people."
Name: Will Forde, 21
Says: "We pick out the best courts now. It just needs someone to do the nets and put a new surface on the courts. Better facilities might create more professionals."
Name: Terry Cole, 41
Says: "The thing I like about it is being able to get access to a court. But the condition at the moment makes it hard to play."
* Public courts at Greenhead Park cost £1.80 for adults and 90p for children in summer and are free in winter. All are outdoor, with tarmac surfaces.
* Oakfield Tennis and Bowling Club at Birkby has several types of court and offers coaching and playing sessions for players of all ages. It also has league teams. Yearly membership costs £15 for juniors, £18 for students, £44 for adults and £80 for a family.
* Huddersfield Lawn Tennis and Squash Club at Edgerton has 12 tennis courts, including grass, acrylic, all-weather surface and indoor courts. Four are floodlit and there is a clubhouse. There are 15 different membership packages ranging from £30 a year to several hundred pounds.