Covid-19 LTA Guidance

2 July 2020

The LTA have now updated their advice to players to take into account the additional guidelines effective from 4th July. This can be viewed on the LTA website and we would encourage all our members to read the full document. Below are extracts of the major points which should be followed at all times. 

LTA – extracts from Guidelines for Players

 issued 1st July and effective from 4th July 2020.

Based on continued discussions with Government and following the further easing of restrictions, the LTA has developed this updated set of practical guidelines to follow so that tennis can be played in England, where the local environment allows. We have indicated the key additions and updates to these guidelines for Version 3 of this document with [NEW]

WHO CAN PLAY [NEW] If you are symptomatic or living in a household with someone else who has a possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection you should remain at home and you should not have visitors to your household

If you have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace because you are a contact of a known COVID-19 case, do not exercise outside your own home or garden and do not exercise with others.

If you are in a clinically vulnerable group (e.g. over 70) you can play tennis but should be especially careful and diligent about social distancing and hand hygiene.

If you are classified as clinically extremely vulnerable, from 6 July you can consider playing tennis and meeting up with one person outside your household, always maintaining social distancing and with robust hand and respiratory hygiene.

BEFORE LEAVING HOME & AFTER YOU RETURN  Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before leaving home to go to the court (use an alcohol gel if washing hands is not possible)  Arrive at the venue changed and ready to play.

EQUIPMENT  Take hand sanitizer with you and use your own equipment where possible.  Players should not share items such as towels. Only take the minimum amount of equipment with you that you need to play  Clean and wipe down your equipment, including racquets and water bottles before and after use. Bring a full water bottle, and do not share food or drink with others  Ensure you take all your belongings with you at the end of the session and do not leave anything on court.

TENNIS ACTIVITY  Both singles play and doubles play is now permitted with people from outside of your household, as long as you remain 2 metres apart as far as possible – meaning that four people from different households can play doubles.

[NEW] Any individual groups should not interact with anyone outside of the group they are attending the venue with (e.g. players on another court).

MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING   Stay at least two metres away from other players (including during play as far as possible, when taking breaks and before and after play)  Do not make physical contact with other players (such as shaking hands or high five)  Avoid chasing the ball down to another court if other players are using it.

For doubles, consider agreeing in advance which player will take the shot if a ball travels to the centre of the court  For coached sessions, pay careful attention to the instructions of the coach.

[NEW] Where you cannot maintain a two metre distance then further precautions should be put in place as part of ‘one metre plus mitigations’ guidance (see the Government’s advice on ‘Staying safe outside your home’ for more details).

HYGIENE  Hand hygiene is imperative – hand sanitise at intervals if you have to touch communal surfaces  If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve  Avoid touching your face.

EQUIPMENT & FACILITIES  Players do not now need to use their own clearly marked tennis balls.  If you choose to use shared balls then extra care must be taken to ensure you do not touch your face during play, and you should clean your hands before play and immediately after finishing (use alcohol gel if required).

Players should still avoid using their hands to pick up tennis balls from other courts where possible – use your racquet/foot to return them as those players may have decided to continue to use their own marked tennis balls.

Avoid using other equipment such as courtside benches, net handles or court sweepers where possible.