Coronavirus (Covid-19) - latest update

01/06/2020

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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.

England - Return to Managed Play

Following the further easing of restrictions in England from 1 June announced by the Prime Minister on Thursday evening (28 May) and the publication of detailed Government guidance on Sunday (31 May), the Government has confirmed what these measures mean in relation to tennis. Players from different households can now play doubles together as long as they stay two metres apart as far as possible, and small group coaching for up to six people (including coaches) can resume.

These developments to the measures are detailed on the Gov.uk website under their guidance for 'Gatherings, public spaces and and outdoor activities' (see 1.6) and in their information for the public for the 'Phased return of outdoor sport and recreation'.

Based on our continued discussions with Government and in line with its detailed guidance published on Sunday, the LTA has worked to develop an updated set of practical guidelines as soon as possible for venues, coaches and players to apply from 1 June so that tennis can be played in England, where the local environment allows.  We have clearly indicated the key additions and updates to the guidelines on the pdfs.

These guidelines apply to both tennis and padel, and outline adaptations and considerations 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 maintain hygiene and minimise unnecessary interactions with others.

These guidelines currently 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 before undertaking tennis activity:

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

If you have any questions please refer to our FAQs.

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:

If you have any questions please refer to our FAQs.

Wales

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

LTA & Tennis Wales joint statement (Monday 1 June 2020):

Following Friday’s Welsh Government Press Conference and a number of subsequent media appearances from the First Minister, the LTA and Tennis Wales have sought further clarity from the Welsh Government on the return of tennis in Wales.

The Welsh Government has provided the following statement:

  • "Tennis courts, as with all outdoor sports courts, remain closed in Wales. We know that people want to start playing these sports again and we are working with Tennis Wales and local authorities for the safe return of these sports. However, we will not take unnecessary risks with people’s lives.
  • Our approach to any easing of the lockdown restrictions will continue to be cautious and based on the latest advice from SAGE and the WHO. The gap between where the “R” rate is now, and where it starts to spiral out of control, is extremely narrow. That is why we have taken the decision this time to make one main change to ensure we can measure what impact it has on the spread of the virus. 
  • This time we focused on enabling family & friends to meet again in the open air and under strict conditions.
  • While reopening of any particular activity may only marginally add to the risk, the Welsh Government has to consider the cumulative impact of all the changes we might make. It is the combined impact which makes the difference, not the risk posed by any one activity.
  • The regulations are reviewed every 3 weeks and we have said that we are reassessing the options of opening sports courts during the current period of the review."

Like the rest of the tennis community in Wales, we are incredibly disappointed and frustrated by this decision. We have been liaising with the Welsh Government throughout the lockdown period, and have developed detailed guidance for players, coaches and venues to allow the safe return of tennis, when the Welsh Government permits courts to re-open. We were confident that tennis could return within the Welsh Government guidance for public health and were supported by more than 2,500 people, petitioning the Welsh Government to consider the health and wellbeing benefits of outdoor tennis.

The reaction of the wider tennis community in Wales over recent days and the past weeks has shown just how much tennis means to people in Wales. We understand the frustration of everyone involved with the sport, and will continue to work hard on behalf of all involved with tennis in Wales, to ensure that people are able return to being active through tennis.

The LTA and Tennis Wales will continue to work with the Welsh Government over the coming weeks to ensure that following the next review of lockdown measures on 18 June, tennis venues are able to re-open, coaches are able to return to work, and players can return to court, safely and in line with wider restrictions.

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.

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 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 26 July 2020. 

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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