Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Advice for tennis players

03/07/2020

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Please refer to this page regularly for the latest advice and guidance on dealing with Covid-19.

The information on this page has been produced based on the latest information available to us and in consultation with both Tennis Scotland and Tennis Wales, and follows our continued dialogue with Government.

The guidance on this page is intended to be read in conjunction with the information on the LTA’s main coronavirus (Covid-19) page which provides links to the latest Government and NHS advice.

Playing Tennis During Lockdown

England

Based on our discussions with Government and following the further easing of lockdown restrictions, the LTA has developed an updated set of practical guidelines to follow that apply from 1 July (or later where indicated for specific measures) so that tennis can be played in England, where the local environment allows and in accordance with social distancing.

These guidelines apply to both tennis and padel, and outline adaptations 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.

At all times, players should adhere to the Government’s social distancing guidelines and practice public health advice for hygiene.

Playing tennis in England during coronavirus outbreak

Scotland

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:

Playing tennis in Scotland 

Wales

Tennis activity can take place in Wales, subject to certain restrictions, following the Welsh Government's announcement on Thursday 19 June and the subsequent further easing of lockdown restrictions.

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.

Playing tennis in Wales infographic

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, not all other venues will be open - 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

Tennis at Home Hub

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!

Programmes and Initiatives

All LTA national recreational tennis activity programmes relating specifically to the Big Tennis Weekends, Tennis for Kids and Team Challenge, as well as Tennis for Free, is on hold until further notice.

If you have events/ sessions already booked, your venue will inform participants of postponement or cancellation.

Competitions

All LTA staged and LTA approved competitions (grade 1 to 6) up to Sunday 26 July 2020 have been cancelled.

For answers to frequently asked questions for players who have entered competitions please click here.

 

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