Tennis Players to be Asked to BYOB

Tennis Ireland will issue a full set of guidelines on how clubs can open up as part of the return to more social activity on May 18th. They will include players being asked to bring their own balls to serve with.

A number of the elements have been circulating among clubs and provinces in recent days and include the use only of outdoor courts and the closing for all bar emergency access of clubhouse facilities.

Players will be asked to maintain social distance guidelines and also only to handle their own tennis balls when serving.

This will mean bringing their own clearly marked balls which will be the only ones than that you come into physical contact with.

Tennis and Golf will be the first two sports to see a return to limited activity in a little over a week’s time and will be under close scrutiny to ensure strict adherence to the rules that are in place.

One of the most challenging may be to maintain the ban on travel beyond a five-kilometre radius from home, particularly in rural settings and it is expected that this will be enforced by clubs should challenges arise from individual members.

“This is a big responsibility on the tennis community as one of the first sports to come back,” said Tennis Ireland Chief Executive Richard Fahey speaking to Johnny Watterson in today’s Irish Times.

“It is very important our members follow protocols and guidelines. We would not wish to be responsible for further outbreaks or to be a reason other sports are delayed or do not open. Our thinking is that if clubs feel they are not ready they should not open.”

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