Britain's Lawn Tennis Association has announced guidelines for clubs and players that need to be followed as tennis is one of the sports that have been permitted to resume this week as part of new coronavirus lockdown measures.
Sports such as tennis, angling and golf are among those sports that are allowed to resume this week with restrictions, as part of the government's new measures. The Lawn Tennis Association has announced guidance to clubs which also says that one-to-one coaching is allowed, providing social distancing is adhered to.
Only outdoor facilities are being allowed to open currently. The LTA guidelines state that a maximum of two people are allowed on court at any one time, unless they are from the same household, which means doubles matches can be played.
If playing singles with a person from a different household then you are to mark your own balls so that you don’t pick up your opponent’s. Players should avoid changing ends, or changing ends at opposite sides of the net, maintain social distancing at all times, follow public health guidelines for hygiene and not to play if you are self-isolating.
Clubs are advised to take online/phone bookings and payments while a 10 minute ‘buffer period’ should be factored in to minimise the risk of meeting anyone else outside of the courts. The LTA says, “We know how important it is for people to be active, and the particular role tennis can have in the physical and mental wellbeing of those that play it.
“By its very nature, tennis is an activity whereby close person to person contact can be avoided, with the Government saying tennis is a good example of an activity that can be undertaken in a way compliant with social distancing restrictions. Complete details on the guidelines can be found on the LTA website.