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Play Safe Real Tennis

Updated: 02 Aug 2020 Doubles advice
Published: 21 Jul 2020

Take extra care when you return to court


Play Safe Real Tennis

As we return to court on Saturday 25th July, please remember the social distancing measures and ensure you wash your hands before and after playing. At the end of the match, simply touch racquets in lieu of a handshake.

VERY IMPORTANT

  • Do not go to a court if you or anyone in your household has any symptoms compatible with Covid 19.

BEFORE LEAVING HOME & AFTER YOU RETURN

  • Wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, using soap and water or antibacterial hand wash.
  • Make court bookings and payments online or via telephone.

EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES

  • Airflow in and around the court is important to reduce airborne infection, and doors should be left open as much as possible.
  • Use a defined set of balls that are clearly marked.
  • Carry your own hand sanitizer, and use before and after going on court.
  • Do not share any equipment.
  • Wipe down your equipment before and after use.
  • Ensure you take all your belongings with you at the end of the session. During play, leave your belonging in a bag or in a place designated by the club.
  • Wearing a glove on your non-playing hand may act as a barrier but does not replace good hand-washing procedures.
  • Wear safety glasses to minimise risk of injury and minimise the risk of touching of the eyes.
  • Be aware that toilet facilities may not be open.

TRAVELLING TO AND FROM THE COURT

  • Avoid using public transport as much as possible.
  • Arrive as close as possible to when you need to be at the court.
  • Arrive changed and ready to play. Shower at home, and do not use the venue’s changing facilities.
  • Do not congregate after playing. No social activity should take place.

COURT LIMITS

  • Restricted doubles play is now permitted, subject to maintaining strict social distancing by playing in prescribed formats, such as proposed in detailed guidance issued
  • The only exception to the above is where pairs of players are all from the same household in which case they can play doubles as normal. This permits two families to play against each other, subject to maintaining other social distancing measures.
  • Coached sessions should be limited to one to one coaching activity only with the professionals on the other side of the net from the player.
  • As good ventilation will help to prevent infection, we recommend that:
    1) Court sessions are restricted to a maximum of one hour and
    2) Courts are scheduled to be left empty between bookings, to reduce the risk of airborne infection. We recommend a gap of at least 15 minutes between courts. We understand the potential impacts on revenue and the potential for confusing players who are used to specific timings. Given the importance of good ventilation in reducing infection, we encourage clubs to consider the benefits.
    3) If the court has fans or windows for ventilation, utilise as much as possible.

MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING

  • Stay at least two metres away from other players at all times. Tap racquets at the end of the match.
  • Do not make physical contact with other players.

HYGIENE

  • If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Avoid using your uncovered hands to pick up balls - use your racquet or a gloved hand as much as possible.
  • Avoid touching the court walls and other surfaces.
ENJOY BEING BACK ON COURT AND PLAYING TENNIS

Play Safe Guidelines (updated)


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