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LTA Updates for Covid-19

Latest LTA/Government Guidance for Tennis, 01/06/2020

In light of the latest LTA/Government Advice for Tennis regarding doubles play, Claire Brown (Head of Region) has sent us the below information that we wanted to share with you.

The guidance has to be interpreted as allowing multiple doubles across courts next to each other, as there is no qualification to what the government say here (and we should be pointing people to the government advice where possible):
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation/guidance-for-the-public-on-the-phased-return-of-outdoor-sport-and-recreation 

Government and LTA guidance has to be read as a whole, i.e. if, at your specific venue, you don’t feel that players can maintain social distancing with doubles play on adjacent courts, then the venue shouldn’t allow it.  Worth looking specifically at the Social Distancing element of the guidance (https://www.lta.org.uk/globalassets/news/2020/lta-guidance-for-tennis-players---covid-19.pdf),  

Other than where players are from the same household:

  • Stay at least two metres away from other players (including during play, 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
  • [NEW] 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

The FAQ’s are also helpful:
https://helpcentre.lta.org.uk/help/s/lta-help-center-article?UrlName=Should-we-only-use-alternate-courts&topCategory=Playing_Tennis_COVID19_Guidance

Below is a direct feed from the LTA Website concerning Covid-19.

Information regarding the LTA COVID-19 Support Packages can be accessed here.

Information regarding venues can be accessed here.

Information for coaches can be accessed here.

  

 

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