Coronavirus (Covid-19) FAQs for Competitions - Players

24/03/2020

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This page aims to answer some of the key questions for players around competitions in relation to the coronavirus (Covid-19).

Should you have any further questions you’d like addressed please email the LTA Services Team via info@lta.org.uk.

Further information and advice around Covid-19 relating to tennis in Britain more broadly can be seen on the LTA’s dedicated page at www.lta.org.uk/coronavirus.

Individual Competition

1.    If a competition taking place prior to 31 May 2020 is not yet listed as cancelled, should players withdraw or just wait for the organiser to update the competition to cancelled?

A player can either withdraw or wait for the organiser to cancel.

2.    Will the 16&U and 18&U nationals be rearranged?

We will look at the options available to rearrange once we know when tennis competitions (Grade 1 to 6) can restart.

3.    What individual competitions have been suspended?

All Grade 1 to 6 competitions which include the National Tour, British Tour, Regional Tour, County Tour (Grade 4 & 5) and Match plays (Grade 6).

4.    Will 12U National Tour Finals be rearranged?

Given this was one of the final competitions of the winter season, unfortunately there is not sufficient time in the calendar and therefore this will not be rearranged.

5.    When will you decide if the suspension of Competition activity will be extended beyond the 31 May 2020?

We will be reviewing the need to extend the suspension date of 31 May  on a regular basis and communicate updates accordingly. The latest LTA position in relation to Coronavirus will be available online here.

6.    What has been the impact on the Seniors Competition calendar?

All ITF tournaments have been cancelled up until the 8 June which includes the National Clay Courts at West Hants from 23-30 May.  The Four Nations Competitions at Bolton from the 8-10 May has also been cancelled.

7.    Why does the LTA date not align with the ATP, WTA & ITF Tours?

International Tennis competitions are very different to domestic competitions. International Competitions will always include international travel and often include a high numbers of spectators.

A domestic competition can often be very small, for example a National league fixture with 8 players.

Competition Support

1.    How will LTA Rankings be affected?

Now that tennis activity has been suspended by the LTA, the rankings run will be suspended from Friday 27 March 2020. The rankings run on Friday 20 March has been completed and published and will be used when competitions restart.

The rankings system is based on a 52 week calculation however due to the period of inactivity the LTA Competitions Team will be modifying the LTA Competition Regulations to amend this rule. Once the period of suspension is lifted, the rankings run dates will be modified to include competitions from 23 March 2019 to prevent the period of inactivity having a material effect on players rankings.

e.g. If competitions resume from Monday 1 June the rankings run on Friday 12 June will take into account all competitions played from 23 March 2019 to 7 June 2020

2.    Will any concessions be made to the number of qualifying wins or losses at the 2019W End of Season Ratings Run?

We are currently reviewing the end of winter season rating run criteria, further information will follow shortly. 

3.    Now the suspension period of tennis activity has been extended to 31 May 2020, what will happen to the summer season ratings run?

Owing to the extended suspension of tennis activity, the 2020S Mid-season ratings run will no longer take place in June 2020. The summer season will only have an end of season ratings run where the cut-off date will be 31 August 2020.

4.    I have entered a competition due to take place during the period of suspension will I receive a refund?

Yes, all competitions have been closed for entries and players who have entered will receive a refund from the tournament organiser. You can withdraw from the competition online ahead of this date.

5.    Will my competitions which have been cancelled be rearranged?

The competition sanction process and tournament calendar are extremely populated so in most cases it will not be possible.  There will be some exceptions and these will be confirmed.

Disability Competitions 

1.    Will you reschedule any disability regional tournaments?

We will look to reschedule some of the disability regionals although it is not guaranteed.   If we do reschedule any of the disability regionals we will email relevant players and update the competition calendar.

2.    Will you look to reschedule any Disability GB Training Camps for LD, VI & Deaf?

We will look to reschedule some of these training camps although it is not guaranteed.   If we do reschedule any of the camps we will email the selected players as soon as possible.

3.    Have any of the Disability GB International trips been cancelled?

The VI GB International Trip and LD GB International Trip have been cancelled by the organisers.  The Deaf GB International Trip in July is currently still due to take place

4.    Will the grant for Disability Competitions still be provided if costs have been paid in advance?  

Please contact the Disability Competitions Team via DisabilityCompetitions@LTA.org.uk and they will review on a case by case basis.

Recreational Competition

1.    What will happen to Road to Wimbledon?

The venue stage is currently on hold until further notice. Further details will be communicated to entered venues in due course. More details about the latter stages of the competition will be released soon. For more information on this competition please visit www.LTA.org.uk/roadtowimbledon

2.    What will happen to Quorn Family Tennis Cup Venue Stage?

The venue stage is currently on hold until further notice.  All clubs that have received a Mini Club Competition Pack (in Feb 2020) will be able to use these later in the year.

3.    What will happen to the Quorn Family Tennis Cup Festival Days?

Festival Days that take place at LTA staged Major Events in June will only go ahead if the relevant Major Event takes place and if there is time to hold the venue stage beforehand. Information on status of the Major Events can be found here https://www.lta.org.uk/major-tennis-events/

In the event that a Festival Day has to be cancelled, the LTA will look to organise and run (for those affected) a separate fun, experience day at a similar location to the affected Festival Day at a later date when the situation has improved and the LTA are advised by the Government that it is safe to proceed with activity as normal.

4.    What will happen to Team Challenge?

Team Challenge is currently on hold until further notice and no further resource packs will be distributed.  No further events should take place even if you have an existing resource pack.  

5.    What will happen to Local Tennis Leagues?

As of March 24 2020, no new rounds will be launched or open for sign-up. All existing rounds  will also be suspended with immediate effect and no further results or matches should be played or submitted.

As soon as the LTA is advised it is safe to do so, new rounds will be launched as quickly as possible to enable league matches to take place.

More information can be found at www.localtennisleagues.com/coronavirus

Team Competition

1.    Can County & District leagues continue?

We have advised counties to suspend activity up until 31st May.

2.    How is the National Premier League affected?

The decision has been made by the Tournament Director, Mike Dixon, to postpone the 2020 finals (due to take place at the end of April). The finals will be rearranged to take place later in the summer, and the new date will be communicated in due course.

3.    How is this Seniors Tennis GB Inter-club Championships event affected?

All age groups have been postponed until July when there will be a review in light of circumstances at the time. The decision to extend the suspension period of tennis activity for this competition has been made to protect players who are considered within the high risk category.

LTA National League (all tiers)

1.    We have matches scheduled prior to 31 May 2020, can these fixtures go ahead as planned?

No – if any venues have arranged matches between now and 31st May 2020 they should be cancelled.

2.    Will the Premier (12U-18U) National League take place this summer?

No – this event has been cancelled for 2020. All teams will receive a full refund in due course. We may consider the options available to re-schedule this for later in the year.

3.    Will the National Open (National & Regional divisions) take place this summer?

No – this event has been cancelled for 2020. We may consider the options available to re-schedule this for later in the year, if this is not possible, there will be no promotion or relegation for this season, and all teams will start in the same divisions for 2021.

4.    Will the County Tier junior age groups take place this summer?

We are currently looking at ways in which the County Tier season can be extended for all junior age groups, this will be determined once we know when tennis competitions (Grade 1 to 6) can restart. Further details on this will be communicated by your league organiser at a later date.

5.    Will the County Tier adult age groups take place this summer?

No – all adult county tier events will be cancelled for 2020. Due to the National & Regional divisions also being cancelled, and the promotion / relegation involved in this, the county tier adult events will also be cancelled. We may consider the options available to re-schedule this for later in the year, however if this is not possible, there will be no promotion or relegation for this season, and all teams will start in the same divisions for 2021.

6.    We have matches scheduled in the National League Winter, what should we do?

The majority of matches for the 2019-20 winter season should now be completed, however, any future matches should now be cancelled. Please contact your league organiser directly for further guidance.

LTA County Cup

1.    Will County Cup events be going ahead as planned this year?

As the 12U and 14U County Cup events are due to take place before 31 May 2020 they will therefore be cancelled. All other County Cup events planned after this date, including County Week, are currently unaffected and will go ahead as planned.

2.    Will the 12U and 14U County Cup Events be rescheduled for later in the year?

Regrettably, due to an already full calendar it is unlikely that we will be able to reschedule these two County Cup Events for later in the year.  

3.    Will County Week still take place and what should I do about booking accommodation?

As it’s the 125th anniversary of ‘County Week’ we very much hope the Event will take place and are continuing to plan accordingly.  With regards to accommodation, we would suggest you speak to the relevant hotels and ask if you can book on a flexible rate (i.e.) you can cancel within 2 weeks of the Event.

2.    Will Seniors County Cup matches go ahead as planned?

If any counties have arranged matches between now and 31 May 2020 they should be cancelled with the view to re-arranging at a later date when it is hoped the situation will be a little clearer. We will consider an extension of when matches need to be played by to Thursday 5 November 2020.

Schools Team Tennis

1.    Will the Schools Team Tennis National Championships take place?

Given the suspension of LTA competitions until 31 May 2020, and the uncertainty around when schools will re-open the National Championships will be cancelled for 2020.  The knockout matches were due to be played between 18 March and 3 June.

2.    Will the Schools Team Tennis Year 7/8 & 9/10 take place?

Given the suspension of LTA competitions until 31 May 2020, and the uncertainty around when schools will be re-open the Year 7/8 & 9/10 Competition will be cancelled for 2020.  We understand that the Knockout, Regional Finals and National Finals take place between September and December, however the league fixtures take place in the Summer Term (April – July) and if this stage is not completed it would be difficult to schedule the rest of the competition.

3.    Will the Schools Games tennis (Years 3/4 & 5/6) events take place this year?

School Games tennis events are not governed by the LTA, they are part of the wider School Games programme and delivered locally as part of School Games Organisers’ plans, which the LTA supports. Government recently announced that all schools are to close (for most pupils) from 20 March

When the position around schools re-opening becomes clearer, the LTA will liaise with local and national partners involved in managing the School Games programme, remaining sensitive to the fact that schools will have other important priorities to deal with initially. Any queries regarding these events should be directed to your local School Games Organiser.

 

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