Coronavirus (Covid-19) - latest update

29/05/2020

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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

England - Return to Restricted Play

UPDATE: Following the announcement from the Prime Minister on Thursday (28 May), we are currently clarifying some aspects with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and continuing to work with Government to shape the detailed updated guidance for the further resumption of tennis activity in England - we will be publishing these updated guidelines for tennis venues, coaches and players as soon as possible, and ahead of Monday.

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.

Based on our discussions with Government and following the adjustment of lockdown restrictions, the LTA has developed a set of practical guidelines for venues, coaches and players to follow so that tennis can be played in England during lockdown, where the local environment allows. 

These guidelines apply to both tennis and padel, and outline adaptations so that tennis 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 limit hand to shared surface contact and minimise unnecessary interactions with others.

These guidelines currently apply to England only, and have been produced in line with the Government guidance on public spaces, outdoor activity and exercise published on 11 May 2020, which can be read on the Gov.uk website.

The full guidelines can be downloaded below – please ensure you read the relevant guidelines in full before undertaking tennis activity.

Scotland - Return to Restricted Play

Tennis activity can resume in Scotland on a resticted basis from Friday 29 May, with guidelines in place. This follows the Scottish Government’s confirmation of the route map from lockdown and the announcement from the First Minister on Thursday 28 May

The LTA and Tennis Scotland have developed a 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 guidelines can be downloaded below:

Wales

All tennis facilities and courts should currently remain closed, and tennis coaching and activity should remain on hold.

UPDATE:  Today (29 May 2020), the First Minister for Wales updated on the Covid-19 restrictions in place across the country. Tennis Wales and the LTA have been liaising closely with the Welsh Government, throughout the duration of the lockdown period, around the safe return of tennis activity and have shared detailed guidance for players, coaches and venues, which we believe can be deployed as soon as the Welsh Government allow sports courts to reopen.

The Welsh Government have decided, on the public health advice available in Wales, that tennis cannot yet be played in Wales. Whilst this is disappointing news, both Tennis Wales and the LTA will continue to work with the Welsh Government to ensure that tennis courts are able to safely reopen as soon as possible.

Tennis Wales will be contacting tennis venues, coaches, officials and players from next week. Together we will begin putting plans in place locally to ensure that when the Welsh Government allow courts to reopen, tennis can safely and quickly resume. This will include online forums and training, the completion of Covid-19 risk assessments for all tennis venues and developing plans to help promote and market tennis coaches, and playing opportunities when the restrictions are reviewed on 18 June.

Everyone at Tennis Wales, and within the LTA, share the frustrations and challenges being felt by the tennis community in Wales. We are all working hard to open tennis up again as soon as the Welsh Government’s public health advices allows us to do so.

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 (England & Scotland)

Resources for venues can be downloaded from the  LTA Venue Support Resource Library.

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.

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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 28 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 6) up to Sunday 28th June 2020. This means that the Junior County Cups (9U/10U/11U) and all age groups of the National League have been cancelled.

In addition to any competitions within this extended period now being cancelled, after liaison with The All England Lawn Tennis Club all stages of this year’s Road to Wimbledon competition have been cancelled, including August’s finals tournament. Also, following consultation with Seniors Tennis GB (STGB) we have decided to cancel the STGB Inter Club Competition and LTA Seniors County Cup (40s to 75s Age Groups). A decision on County Week and Over 35s County Cup will be made by the end of May as we feel it is too early to make a decision on competitions which are held in late July and August.

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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