We all must take responsibility to minimise the effects and potential spread of COVID-19
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
- If you are in a high risk health category, then you should not be administering or playing tennis at any time during this period. The Federal Government have listed the following as high-risk categories:
- Persons with weakened immune systems
- Any person aged over 60
- Persons with diagnosed chronic medical conditions (such as lung conditions and kidney failure)
- People with diabetes
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- Very young children (Under 5) and babies
Attending tennis activities
- Wherever practical, clubs and venues should be manned throughout to ensure all social distancing protocols are observed and regular cleaning and hygiene can be observed.
- Only people core to playing or coaching should be on court or at the venue
- Arrive and leave as close as possible to when you need to be there
- In order to comply with relevant Child Safety guidelines, at least one parent/guardian should accompany younger children and continue to be present for the duration of the tennis activity.
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.
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.
COVID-19 Community Tennis Guidelines
The above ‘Player Guidelines’ are taken from ‘COVID-19 Community Tennis Guidelines’ published by Tennis Australia (1 April 2020). The complete document can be downloaded by clicking on the button below.