Coronavirus (Covid-19) - latest update

03/07/2020

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This page provides up to date information as to how the coronavirus (Covid-19) and the latest government advice around it, relates to tennis activities in Britain and all those involved in delivering them.

Playing Tennis During Lockdown

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 UK Government saying tennis is a good example of an activity that can be undertaken in a way compliant with social distancing restrictions.

Leicester local lockdown update (1 July 2020)

The Government has published details of restrictions for the Leicester local lockdown, which are now in place pending a review from 18 July – further information on these and the area affected can be read on the Gov.uk website.  The LTA remains in dialogue with Government and local authorities, but can provide the following current advice for those venues, coaches and players affected.

  • The local lockdown measures do not currently require tennis venues to close, and so for the time being they can remain open and continue to operate
  • Clubhouses and restaurants/bars for all venues in the affected area should however not now reopen on Saturday and should remain closed until the end of the local lockdown period, while those who are shielding should continue to not take part in tennis activity
  • It is advised that players should not travel either into or out of the local lockdown area to play tennis
  • As the LTA relaxes guidance for venues, coaches and players more generally with Version 3 of the guidelines for tennis now published, those within the lockdown area should not make changes reflecting this and instead continue to operate in line with the previous Version 2 of the guidelines introduced at the beginning of June (accessible here for venues, coaches and players)

Please be aware that this advice may change at short notice, and while tennis activity can currently continue further restrictions may yet be imposed.

Dumfries & Galloway local lockdown update (3 July 2020)

Further information on the local lockdown measures in place for Dumfries & Galloway, including which areas are affected, is provided on the Scottish Government website here.

England - Return to Managed Play (Version 3 - published 1 July)

Following the Prime Minister’s statement on 23 June and the subsequent updated guidance published by the Government on 30 June for the phased return of sport and recreation, the LTA has worked to develop an updated set of practical guidelines for venues, coaches and players. Key additions and updates to the guidelines have been clearly marked on the pdfs, including what dates they apply from where applicable.

These guidelines apply to both tennis and padel, and outline adaptations and considerations so that tennis and associated activity can be enjoyed in a way that is in line with Government advice and helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They include measures to maintain hygiene and minimise unnecessary interactions with others.

These guidelines apply to England only, and have been produced to help venues, coaches and players operate in line with the Government guidance. The full guidelines can be downloaded below – please ensure you read the relevant guidelines in full:

While there are no significant changes to the core aspects of the guidelines, there are a number of updates venues, coaches and players should familiarise themselves with, including the relaxation of some of the previous precautionary measures, as well as new opportunities such as the reopening of clubhouses and bars from 4 July.  However, the maximum size of groups will remain at no more than six people, and indoor changing facilities and sports courts should remain closed.  

The LTA remains in continued dialogue with Government, and we anticipate larger groups being permitted and indoor tennis courts being able to reopen as restrictions are further eased. The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has indicated that subject to public health, it is the Government’s aspiration to reopen indoor gyms and leisure facilities in mid-July.  

We will share further updates with regards to the easing of restrictions as decisions are made, and ask that until that time venues and players remain patient and follow the guidelines that are in place.

Players are asked to be patient with venues and coaches as they take the necessary time to safely implement the guidelines in a way appropriate for their own circumstances.

If you have any questions please refer to our FAQs.

Scotland - Return to Restricted Play (updated 3 July)

Tennis activity can take place in Scotland on a restricted basis, with guidelines in place. This follows the Scottish Government’s confirmation of the route map from lockdown and subsequent updates from the First Minister as Scotland progresses with a staged approach to exiting from lockdown.

The LTA and Tennis Scotland have developed an updated set of practical guidelines for tennis venues, coaches and players to follow so that tennis can be played in Scotland in a way consistent with the route map for moving out of lockdown, where the local environment allows.  The full guidelines can be downloaded below - these were updated on 3 July to reflect the further relaxing of measures by the Scottish Government and updated guidance from sportscotland:

If you have any questions please refer to our FAQs.

Wales - Return to Restricted Play (updated 3 July)

UPDATE: Following the statement made by the First Minister on Friday 3 July, Tennis Wales and the LTA have published updated detailed guidance for venues, coaches and players, so that tennis can be played safely in Wales, where the local environment allows. The guidelines are accessible via the link below with the updates to the guidelines clearly indicated - we encourage you to read these guidelines carefully, and take any necessary time to implement them.

Resources remain available for tennis venues and coaches to help with opening up, including Clubspark webinars for online court booking and Covid-19 risk assessment templates.

This is further positive news for tennis in Wales, both Tennis Wales and the LTA look forward to continuing to work with all involved in the sport to open it up to more people.

Find a court

Please be aware that not all courts may be open. Venues will need to make an assessment based on whether they can facilitate safe play at their venue. Where they chose to remain closed please respect this decision.

In addition, some courts may take time to be unlocked and prepared for use following the closure during the lockdown period. 

Click the button below to find your nearest tennis court. 

Find a court

Venue Resources

Resources for venues in England, Scotland and Wales can be downloaded from the  LTA Venue Support Resource Library - including infographics, posters and a risk assessment template.

COVID-19 Venue Posters

FAQs

For answers to frequently asked questions for players, venues and coaches around the guidelines for a return to restricted play, please visit the LTA Help Centre:

National Tennis Centre

The National Tennis Centre reopened on Friday 15 May for Great Britain's elite players to return to training on a controlled basis. 

Read more here.

Further information

The following pages also provide up to date, more detailed and specific advice, and answers to questions, relating to:

COVID-19 Support Packages COVID-19 Support Packages addremove

During these challenging times for our society, our focus is to ensure tennis coaches, venues, volunteers, officials and players are supported in any way they can be, so that tennis in Britain emerges from this period in as strong and healthy position as possible, and the sport is able to resume its role in keeping the nation active.

We have created a bespoke web page which gives an overview of all our packages of additional funding and measures to support those involved in tennis in Britain who have been severely impacted by the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

These measures have been developed by the LTA in consultation with Tennis Scotland and Tennis Wales, and will make additional support available to tennis venues, coaches, officials and players to complement that available from the Government in recognition of the vital contribution these groups all make to tennis.

You can read our announcement of these support measures here.

LTA Activity & Summer Major Events LTA Activity & Summer Major Events addremove

The National Tennis Centre is now open for elite training on a controlled basis, as part of the phased return of elite sport. All other activity delivered by the LTA remains suspended for the foreseeable future, including all LTA organised coaching sessions, programmes and training courses. We have also now extended the cancellation of all LTA staged and LTA approved competitions (grade 1 to 6) up to Sunday 26 June 2020 (please see below for further details on this).

The LTA, in conjunction with the All England Club, the ITF, ATP and WTA, has regrettably announced the cancellation of its summer Grass Court events and the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships following the latest advice from the UK Government and the suspension of professional tennis due to the escalating coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  

For further details on this including what it means for fans who had tickets, please read our news article on the announcement.

Wimbledon Ticket Refund Update Wimbledon Ticket Refund Update addremove

We are still working through the refund process for tickets for The Championships 2020 alongside The All England Lawn Tennis Club, which we are advised is expected to take a few weeks. We would like to apologise that this process has taken longer than initially anticipated.

We will be in contact with all ticketholders as soon as we can; an email notification will be sent on the date the refund is processed.

We appreciate your patience during what we know are difficult times. Thank you for your continued support of tennis in Britain.

Extension of Competition Cancellation Dates Extension of Competition Cancellation Dates addremove

We have now extended the cancellation of all LTA staged and LTA approved competitions (grade 1 to 5) up to Monday 31 August 2020. This includes the O35s County Cup, Ilkley Grade 2, East Gloucester Grade 2, County Championships and the Junior National Championships.

We have updated our dedicated FAQ pages in relation to competitions for both officials and players - should you have any further questions, please refer to these pages.

Tennis at Home Hub Tennis at Home Hub addremove

To help everyone continue to stay active, we have produced a variety of content to keep you fit, healthy and entertained whilst at home - check out our dedicated 'Tennis at Home Hub', and follow LTA social media channels to get more #TennisAtHome content!

 

Government Advice & Guidance Government Advice & Guidance addremove

The latest Government and NHS guidance and information regarding Covid-19 can be found via the following links:

For those in England, Sport England’s latest update for the sport and physical activity sector regarding Covid-19 can be read here: 

Getting in touch 

Due to the impact of COVID-19, our LTA Services function is operating a highly limited service. We ask that you only get in touch if absolutely necessary.

Please visit our Help & FAQs to find answers to the majority of enquiries.

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