* Correct as of 19/03/2020. This page will be updated as more information comes to hand or any changes in the situation.
We all know tennis is a unique sport with many benefits – the main one being health and wellbeing. The very nature of our game ensures there is a vital role our sport can continue to play for the benefit of the community as we endure the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Community Tennis Guidelines for Continued Play is an attempt to provide advice for all involved at the community level on the safest way to continue playing.As long as we all abide by strict health and hygiene guidelines – coaches, volunteers, administrators, associations and tennis centers can continue to provide an outlet for physical and mental health through the sport of tennis.
Additional measures will be required but there is still plenty of opportunity for tennis to be played as long as hygiene guidelines are followed to help support the community’s ability to stem the spread of COVID-19, whilst helping the health and wellbeing of many of us.
Due to the fast-evolving nature of this pandemic, conditions beyond our sport and in this environment can change and we will continue to keep everyone updated.
These guidelines provide support for everyone involved at the grassroots level on the safest way to continue playing.
Before you play, stay at home if you:
- Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
- Have been overseas or exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
- Have flu-like symptoms
- Or are in a high-risk health category, for example, elderly or have a pre-existing medical condition.
Social distancing & Coaching sessions at Vida
Tennis holds a unique advantage as a sport that requires no direct contact between players and is played outdoors in open space.
- Vida will continue to ensure our class sizes are small
- Touch racquets instead of handshakes and high fives
- Avoid close contact by moving around indoors
- Limit time in clubhouses and indoors
- Position the players at well-spaced stations
- Limit the use of coaching equipment such as target cones
- Limit students handle any coaching equipment
- Holiday programs, have smaller groups and make the programs shorter.
- Make sure you clean your hands before and after coming off the court
- Not touch your face after touching a ball, racquet or other tennis equipment
- Clean all tennis gear with anti-bacterial disinfectant including racquets, towels, coaching gear such target cones
- Vida will not use unnecessary equipment
- Use new balls and racquet grips where possible.
Clean environment – Providing a clean environment to play tennis is important to us and we will continue to take every step to ensure a safe environment for all.