COVID-19 Community Tennis Guidelines

COVID-19 Community Tennis Guidelines for Continued Play

We all must take responsibility to minimise the effects and potential spread of COVID-19

Player Guidelines

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.

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.


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.