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Tennis restrictions and guidelines

Updated 10 June 2020

Following the government's announcement, outdoor tennis can now take place as long as a number of restrictions and guidelines are observed when using the courts.

The restrictions and guidelines apply to the six free courts managed by Norwich City Council at Alderman Walker Park, Bowthorpe Park and Lakenham Recreation Ground.

Please read this information to ensure the safety of players at all times.

New balls please

Although unlikely, it’s possible that a tennis ball can transmit the COVID-19 virus, as virtually any hard surface can transmit the disease. So here is an extra precaution you can take to keep safe when playing tennis.

  • Open a can of new tennis balls and mark them.
  • Try to have a set of balls each, so when serving you can use one set and your partner the other set.

1. Before you play

DO NOT play if any of you:

  • are showing any symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • are considered vulnerable or have been asked to shield.

2. Preparing to play

Protect against infections.

  • Maintain a distance of two metres at all times with people not from your household, especially on entering and leaving the courts.
  • Use a hand sanitiser before going to the court.
  • Do not share racquets or any other equipment such as wristbands, grips, hats and towels with anyone you do not live with.
  • Use new balls and a new grip, if possible (and mark them).
  • Consider taking extra precautions such as wearing gloves.
  • If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve.
  • Arrive as close as possible to the time you need to be there.
  • Avoid touching court gates, fences, nets, etc. if you can.

3. When playing

  • Avoid touching your face after handling a ball, racquet or other equipment. Wash your hands promptly if you have touched your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • If a ball from another court comes to you, send it back with a kick or with your racquet.

With people you do not live with:

  • Try to stay at least two metres apart from other players. Do not make physical contact with them (such as shaking hands or a high five).
  • Avoid sharing food, drinks or towels.
  • Use your racquet/foot to pick up balls and hit them to your opponent. Avoid using your hands to pick up the balls or wear protective gloves.
  • Stay on your side of court. Avoid changing ends of the court.
  • Remain apart from other players when taking a break.

4. After playing

  • Leave the court as soon as reasonably possible.
  • Use a hand sanitiser after coming off the court.
  • All players should leave the facility immediately after play and not gather or socialise.

Norwich Park Tennis

Restrictions and guidelines for the 11 courts managed by Norwich Parks Tennis at Eaton Park, Waterloo Park and Harford Park, can be found on the Norwich Parks Tennis website.