Following the LTA’s update in May 2020, and based on their continued discussions with Government and following the further easing of restrictions announced on Thursday evening, the LTA has worked to develop an updated set of practical guidelines for venues, coaches and players.
These revised guidelines apply from 1 June so that tennis can be played in England, where the local environment allows.
Members can access a copy of the full updated ‘LTA Player Guidance’ below and should ensure they have read the relevant guidelines in full before undertaking tennis activity.
The LTA have clearly indicated the key additions/updates to the guidelines on the pdf but the key changes are as follows:
- Both singles play and doubles play is now permitted with people from outside of your household, as long as you remain 2 metres apart as far as possible – meaning that four people from different households can now play doubles.
- For doubles, consider agreeing in advance which player will take the shot if a ball travels to the centre of the court.
- Coached sessions should be limited to groups of no more than 6 people, including the coach(es).
- Players do not now need to use their own clearly marked tennis balls – however, if you choose to use shared balls then extra care must be taken to ensure you do not touch your face during play, and you should clean your hands before play and immediately after finishing (use alcohol gel if required).
- Where attendance of a parent/guardian (non-participant) is required, or a carer for a disabled player, it is permitted and is not counted as part of the maximum group size of six, but should be off court and limited to one per player where possible, with social distancing strictly observed while watching the sessions.