4th November 2020
Following the vote on the coronavirus lockdown restrictions in Parliament today, we are sorry to confirm that the new restrictions being introduced from tomorrow mean that tennis cannot be played in England for the duration of the national lockdown, as a result of the closure of all outdoor tennis courts as well as indoor facilities.
Over the past few days there has been tremendous support from the tennis community for the campaign to keep courts open and make the case for tennis to continue as a safe, socially distanced sport. Nevertheless, whilst we are disappointed with the outcome, we respect the decision the Government has taken and now ask all those involved in tennis in England to adhere to it.
LTA CEO Scott Lloyd has this evening published an update, which you can read on the LTA website here. We will be sharing this with venues and coaches via email this evening, as well as on all LTA social media channels, and we would encourage County Associations to share these posts.
Our focus for England now will switch to campaigning to ensure that as much grassroots tennis activity can resume as soon as possible. We are continuing to work closely with Tennis Scotland on the guidelines for playing tennis under the levels of protection in place in Scotland, and with Tennis Wales on guidelines for the resumption of tennis in Wales next week following the conclusion of the firebreak lockdown.
We will continue to keep you updated with the latest information in the coming days and weeks on our dedicated coronavirus information page at www.lta.org.uk/coronavirus.
Hertfordshire Tennis Management Committee