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Tennis ‘a sport that can be played with social distancing in mind’

Tennis ‘a sport that can be played with social distancing in mind’
May 28, 2020

With tennis courts across the country set to all soon be open, Tennis Australia Chief Executive, Craig Tiley has today looked forward to grassroots participation in the game following weeks of lockdown, stating “we’re now seeing a lot of demand for tennis, with kids, families and friends hitting the court for fun and fitness in a safe environment.”

With extensive guidelines on safe play, with increased hygiene practices and social distancing having been developed to help players of all ages and levels get on court and enjoy the fun and wellbeing benefits that the game provides, Speaking today, Tiley advised “tennis is already a sport that can be played with social distancing in mind.”

Tennis Australia’s guidelines have been designed to help each club and operator assess their local environment and ensure social distancing and increased hygiene measures are in place. This includes a 1.5 metre distance between players at all times, open court gates, and of course, racquet taps instead of handshakes.

Tennis Australia’s Chief Tennis Officer Matt Dwyer added “we’ve worked closely with our clubs and coaches across Australia on how to get everyone back on court in the safest possible way, and now the court is calling.

“Over the past couple of weeks, as restrictions have gradually eased, we’ve seen a surge of interest in tennis. As a non-contact sport, and built-in social distancing, players of all ages are enjoying getting outside, having a hit, and returning to coaching and social play.

“As well as being great physical exercise tennis is a tremendous sport for mental health and wellbeing. After weeks of being in lockdown, booking a court for a hit with family and/or friends - of course using our new guidelines - is an ideal way to get an exercise routine back on track.”

For the latest tennis information, guidelines and resources go to www.tennis.com.au/play/covid-19

Images: Craig Tiley (top) and Tennis Australia is recommending racquet taps instead of handshakes (below).

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