Tennis during the second wave of Covid-19
Based on information from sources, tennis will be banned when the second full lockdown begins.
In the near future, tennis courts are set to close to fans. In some countries, new restrictions have already entered into force due to the coronavirus. This means that amateurs will not be able to exercise until further notice.
The indulgence of restrictions in mid-May allowed tennis to resume after an initial lockdown period.
To date, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that the new limits will take effect due to the rapidly growing number of deaths and cases of coronavirus infection, which a couple of days ago exceeded one million.
In addition to tennis courts, entertainment centres, gyms and swimming pools are also closed and are scheduled to open no earlier than December 2.
New restrictions prohibit amateurs from playing tennis for the next month, even with their families.
However, these restrictions have not yet extended to the elite level of tennis. However, the ATP final in London will be held behind closed doors from November 15-22 at the O2 Arena.
However, the tennis authorities are unhappy with this decision. The Lawn Tennis Association has called for outdoor tennis to be allowed with new guidelines for exercise and recreation. They also wanted to create a sports recovery fund.
LTA CEO Scott Lloyd said:
“These measures will once again be major challenges for tennis centers and players across the country, who, like so many others, are already facing an incredibly difficult year”.
“Tennis is a safe, socially distant sport. We believe that if adults are allowed to meet with someone close to them, they should be able to play tennis against each other from either side of the net. “
Negotiations are underway between the government, public health in England and the LTA on the possibility of playing tennis during the second lockdown period. It is unclear whether LTA has successfully lobbied for any respite for the sport.