Doubles Allowed

June 2, 2020

The LTA has eased its Covid-19 restrictions to allow doubles play and limited competitions providing players follow existing social distancing and hygiene guidelines.

See detailed summary below, or you can read the full LTA Guidance For Players here.

TENNIS ACTIVITY [NEW]
Both singles play and doubles play is now permitted with people from outside of your household, as long as you remain 2 metres apart as far as possible, meaning that four people from different households can now play doubles. For padel, doubles play is also permitted but extra care is advised and it should only be done so where players are confident they can maintain two metres apart.

Coached sessions should be limited to groups of no more than 6 people, including the coach(es).

MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING
Other than where players are from the same household:
Stay at least two metres away from other players (including during play, when taking breaks and before and after play).
Do not make physical contact with other players (such as shaking hands or high five).
Avoid chasing the ball down to another court if other players are using it.

[NEW] For doubles, consider agreeing in advance which player will take the shot if a ball travels to the centre of the court.

For coached sessions, pay careful attention to the instructions of the coach

HYGIENE [NEW]
Hand hygiene is imperative – use alcohol gel to clean your hands after touching a shared surface.
If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve.
Avoid touching your face.

EQUIPMENT & FACILITIES [NEW]
Players do not now need to use their own clearly marked tennis balls. However, if you choose to use shared balls then extra care must be taken to ensure you do not touch your face during play, and you should clean your hands before play and immediately after finishing (use alcohol gel if required).

Players should still avoid using their hands to pick up tennis balls from other courts where possible -use your racquet/foot to return them.
Avoid using other equipment such as courtside benches, net handles or court sweepers where possible.
Be aware that onsite toilet facilities may not be open. Where they are open, players are advised to take particular care when using them and clean hands thoroughly after use.

COMPETITIONS [UPDATED]
Some formats of competition will be able to resume before others, and Local Tennis LeaguesLTA Youth Box Leaguesand internal singles and doubles box leagues/ladders can be played as long as they adhere to the guidelines in place.

The QPTC clubhouse will remain locked until further notice. This building is not inhabited or supervised around the clock, and we cannot guard it or can’t leave it open to the public. QPTC will re-open the clubhouse at the earliest opportunity, based on current guidelines.