Coronavirus (Covid-19) – latest update

1/07/2020

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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.

England – Return to Managed Play (Version 3 – published 1 July)

Following the Prime Minister’s statement on 23 June and the subsequent updated guidance published by the Government on 30 June for the phased return of sport and recreation, the LTA has worked to develop an updated set of practical guidelines for venues, coaches and players. Key additions and updates to the guidelines have been clearly marked on the pdfs, including what dates they apply from where applicable.

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

While there are no significant changes to the core aspects of the guidelines, there are a number of updates venues, coaches and players should familiarise themselves with, including the relaxation of some of the previous precautionary measures, as well as new opportunities such as the reopening of clubhouses and bars from 4 July.  However, the maximum size of groups will remain at no more than six people, and indoor changing facilities and sports courts should remain closed.  

The LTA remains in continued dialogue with Government, and we anticipate larger groups being permitted and indoor tennis courts being able to reopen as restrictions are further eased. The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has indicated that subject to public health, it is the Government’s aspiration to reopen indoor gyms and leisure facilities in mid-July.  

We will share further updates with regards to the easing of restrictions as decisions are made, and ask that until that time venues and players remain patient and follow the guidelines that are in place.

Guidelines for tennis players

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