Tennis Australia Advice: COVID-19 & Continuing to Play Tennis

COVID-19 Community Tennis Guidelines for Continued Play

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.

Attending tennis activities

• Only people core to playing should attend tennis activities
• Arrive and leave as close as possible to when you need to be there
• Only one parent/guardian should accompany younger children where possible.

Social distancing

Tennis holds a unique advantage as a sport which requires no direct contact between players. You can also:
• Touch racquets instead of the regular pre or post match handshakes
• Keep 1.5 metres away from other people while watching or attending an outdoors tennis activity.

Behaviour expectations

To protect against infection, you should:
• Wash/sterilise your hands before and after you play and avoid touching your face while playing
• Not share water bottles and bring your own full bottle
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or hand-sanitiser when available, before and after eating, after going to the toilet, sneezing and coughing
• Cover your coughs and sneezes and dispose of any used tissue immediately
• Avoid touching your face
• Keep your distance from people who are obviously sick
• Be aware of what surfaces you touch.

Organising tennis activities

• Limit community tennis activities to casual court hire, one-on-one coaching and small group coaching
• Shorten programs, booking times to create a buffer between sessions
• Limit the number of players per court to a maximum of 4 people
• Where practical use every second court
• Promote prevention techniques and lead by example
• Postpone any social gatherings
• Payments to be made online or via EFTPOS – avoid handling cash
• Leave gates ajar during any planned opening hours so players don’t need to use handles to enter.

Tennis equipment

There is no specific evidence that balls can spread COVID-19. We do know that on hard surfaces contamination by respiratory droplets from an infected person can potentially survive up to three days. Therefore, you should:
• 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
• Use new balls and racquet grips where possible
• Use fewer balls per session
• Replace all balls if someone with/suspected to have COVID-19 comes in contact with them
• Restrict balls to a particular group, court or day of the week. One idea is to label them with a permanent marker
• Clean all tennis gear with alcohol-based disinfectant including racquets, towels,

SOURCE - Tennis Australia Community Tennis Guidelines