Coronavirus (Covid-19) - latest update

10/08/2020

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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 Coronavirus Outbreak

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.

England - Return to Play (Updated 10 August)

Please note the guidance document for tennis officials and competitions was updated on 10 August to include confirmation of the resumption of LTA approved competitions (Grade 2-5) from Tuesday 1 September, and that competitions can now take place indoors with immediate effect. All updates are indicated on the document.

Following guidance published by the Government for the phased return of sport and recreation, the LTA has developed an updated set of practical guidelines for venues, coaches, players and officials/competitions. Key additions and updates to the guidelines have been clearly marked on the pdfs, including what dates they apply from where applicable.

The main update to this guidance is that Government has confirmed that adult group coaching is now possible in larger groups for those coaches and venues that are COVID-19 secure, in line with published Government guidance on organising outdoor sport and physical activity events, and for providers of grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities.  

Groups of up to 15 children plus coach(es) are also possible for junior coaching, in line with guidance from Government on out of school settings. Guidance from Government also means that clubs and venues can host larger groups for outdoor sport and physical activity participation events such as club nights and competitions, as long as they ensure they are COVID-19 secure.

These guidelines apply to tennis on outdoor and (from 25 July) indoor courts, as well as 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, players and officials operate in line with the Government guidance. The full guidelines can be downloaded below – please ensure you read the relevant guidelines in full:

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.

Indoor courts and bubble courts, and other indoor facilities such as gyms were able to open from Saturday 25 July – subject to specific guidance detailed on the Government website.

If you have any questions please refer to our FAQs.

North of England Local Restrictions (updated 7 August 2020)

An outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified in parts of Greater Manchester, Lancashire, and West Yorkshire. The government and relevant local authorities are acting together to control the spread of the virus and have implemented specific rules to follow when meeting people who you do not live with - please note the restrictions also apply to Preston as from  midnight on Friday 7 August.

Tennis venues, coaches and players in the affected areas should read the rules in full, and specifically be aware that:

  • People in all affected areas of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire should not socialise with people you do not live with in indoor public venues – such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attraction. This therefore means you should not socialise indoors with people you do not live with in any venue clubhouse or bar
  • In Bradford and in Blackburn with Darwen, indoor gyms and indoor sports courts and facilities must remain closed by law

Further information on the areas affected and the rules in place can be read on the Gov.uk website.

Leicester local lockdown update (Updated 4 August 2020)

The Government has put specific restrictions in place for the Leicester local lockdown, which are reviewed every fortnight – further information on these and the updated area affected can be read on the Gov.uk website  with specific further advice on meeting people outside your household and undertaking exercise now published here.  Following the latest review, some of the measures have been eased. The LTA remains in dialogue with Government and local authorities, and 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 they can remain open and continue to operate (outdoor courts only - indoor courts and gyms should remain closed)
  • Clubhouses and restaurants/bars for all venues in the affected area can now reopen from Monday 3 August in line with the national changes of 4 July
  • Those who are shielding should refer to the advice on the Government website - further advice for those in Leicester is available here and for those in other affected areas of Leicestershire is available here
  • As of Friday 31 July you can make non-essential journeys and travel either in and out of the area
  • As the LTA relaxes guidance for venues, coaches and players in England more generally with Version 5 of the guidelines for tennis now published, those within the lockdown area should not make changes reflecting this and instead operate in line with the previous Version 3 of the guidelines introduced at the beginning of July (accessible here for venuescoaches 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.

Scotland - Return to Managed Play (updated 10 August)

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 Phase 3 guidelines were originally published on 10 July but please note the following subsequent updates to the document:

  • The coach section of the guidance was updated on 31 July to reflect the further relaxing of measures by the Scottish Government and updated guidance from sportscotland - following discussions with the Scottish Government and sportscotland, the LTA and Tennis Scotland are delighted to confirm that from 3 August there will no longer be a limit on the number of sessions a coach is able to deliver in a day
  • A new section of the document was added on 10 August to provide detailed guidance for officials and competition organisers to allow for the same resumption of tennis competitions in Scotland for both adults and juniors

Please click the link below for details of the changes to our guidance.

If you have any questions please refer to our FAQs.

Aberdeen local restrictions (5 August 2020)

The First Minister has announced local lockdown restricitons are being reimposed in the Aberdeen City Council area. Further information on the measures in place is avaialble via the links below:

 

 

Wales - Return to Play (updated 7 August 2020)

Folowing the statement made by the First Minster on Friday 31 July which will see tennis open up further in the weeks ahead, Tennis Wales and the LTA have worked with the Welsh Government and Welsh Sports Association to publish updated detailed guidance for venues, coaches and players, so that tennis can be played safely in Wales, where the local environment allows.

Please note, these guidelines (Version 4.1) were updated on 7August to include further guidance around key changes, including;

  • The return of indoor tennis from 10 August
  • Clubhouse facilities being able to reopen
  • Children under 11 no longer needing to social distance when playing tennis outdoors

Venues, coaches and players are all encouraged to read the updated guidance 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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