Coronavirus UPDATE - Availability of Tennis Courts Increased - 4th June


Dear Member

In line with further Government edicts and LTA advice just announced, we can now revise our own guidelines.

The temporary 60 minute booking sessions have been replaced with 90 minute ‘slots’, starting at 8am and ending at 9.30pm each day, which can now be booked for all nine tennis courts.  If you only want to play for one hour, that’s fine, just book the 1½ hour slot.

Both singles and doubles among all members can now be played, however guests are not allowed.  Bookings can be made and the courts used by all playing members, including Tennis, Squash and Gym including Students, provided that their subscriptions for this year have been paid.  Junior members may not currently make bookings but may play with an adult family/household member.

Please use the gates from the car park to access and leave courts 4, 5 and 6 and courts 7, 8, and 9.  When using the footpath for courts 1, 2, and 3 please do not ‘pass’ each other on the way in or out and ensure you leave your court before the allotted time so that it is empty when the next players arrive.

Players are no longer required to use their own marked balls.  If you choose to use shared balls, sanitise hands before and after play and avoid touching your face.

For doubles, consider agreeing in advance which player will take the shot if the ball travels to the centre of the court.

Existing bookings, made before this change, stand although they may have been adjusted to the nearest 90 minute slot. If the revised time is no longer suitable for you, please cancel and make another booking.  I hope it will be regarded as a reasonable if not perfect compromise and I am sorry if it creates any inconvenience.

Please remember to cancel your booking on the system if you find that you will be unable to play so that another members can make a booking in your place.

Brian will write shortly regarding further coaching opportunities.

Arrangements about the reintroduction of competitions will be considered in due course.  Wednesday night club evening and Sunday morning social session remains in abeyance.

Other DO’s and DONT’S remain largely the same but must be repeated:

• Sanitise hands on arrival and departure
• Practice social distancing - 2 metres and no shaking hands or picking up balls which might come across from other courts
• Avoid sharing equipment
• Push gates open without using your hands
• Wear gloves when dragging courts
• Benches remain off court
• Guests cannot yet be invited / no social activities / no spectators
• Floodlights remain unavailable
• The Clubhouse remains closed.

I would encourage you to read the advice on this LTA link which includes further links to additional information regarding play, coaching and sports activities in general.

Your comments are always welcomed and these arrangements will be kept under review.

IMPORTANT: Do not leave your home to play tennis if Government advice means you should stay at home, or you are in the clinically extremely vulnerable category and have been advised to shield from the coronavirus.

Let me know if anything is not clear.

May we not regress! - play well.

Kind regards