Update – Doubles and Group Play

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The LTA have announced that “players from different households can now play doubles together as long as they stay two metres apart as far as possible, and small group coaching for up to six people (including the coach) can resume.”

All use of the courts must comply with the government and LTA guidance and social distancing, and BGTC rules and guidelines.We will have to limit access to the courts if members cannot follow them.

The waiting rule will still apply at all times. “If both courts are in use when you arrive at the courts, the players who have been there longest must finish their set or finish play within 30 minutes and give way. Likewise, you must give way within 30 minutes if someone is waiting.”

Please take great care when opening and closing the gate, including using hand sanitizers etc to prevent any contamination. The gate should be locked after use.

Be mindful of contact with benches, bin, nets and balls. Use your own equipment where possible, and bring only minimal belongings onto court.

You should leave a ball if moving to hit it brings you within 2 metres of another player, breaching social distancing guidelines.

“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)

Players should still avoid using their hands to pick up tennis balls…where possible – use your racquet/foot to return them”

https://www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-news/2020/march/coronavirus-covid-19—latest-advice/

Children under 10 must be supervised at all times, and older children must follow all guidelines and rules including the waiting rule.

Please let us know of any problems with the courts via bournegreentennis@btinternet.com

Enjoy the courts and stay safe.

Best regards,

Bourne Green Tennis Club Committee