Reopen outdoor tennis courts for play but not initially for coaching.

Why the contribution is important

Boost physical and mental health. Stop small local clubs from financial disaster.

by Robbie2005 on May 05, 2020 at 12:54PM

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Average rating: 4.7
Based on: 45 votes


  • Posted by IanRamsey May 05, 2020 at 13:07

    Singles first then doubles
  • Posted by johnjj77 May 05, 2020 at 13:14

    Broadly agree with this. All sports are different so there needs to be a nuanced sport by sport approach. Tennis can easily be played with social distancing. Courts could re-open subject to the following:
    - clubhouses do not re-open
    - court bookings only to reduce people traffic
    - singles only, no doubles
    - share tennis balls with playing partner only.

    Consideration should be given to how tennis coaches can get back to work (most are self-employed). Perhaps individual lessons only initially then small groups later at a later stage of the unlock.
  • Posted by Ewenfa May 05, 2020 at 13:15

    Agree with this but initially for singles only and change ends at opposite side of net.
  • Posted by Ehall1979 May 05, 2020 at 13:21

    Outdoor tennis singles would be a great start.
    Very easy to players to social distance and also for any club staff to run without physical contact.
  • Posted by ricxster88 May 05, 2020 at 13:23

    Singles tennis could be played safely with a few folk outwith your immediate home group. Mentally and physically healthy.
  • Posted by Gavandheather May 05, 2020 at 14:21

    Can maintain social distance, exercise, socialise and when coaching introduces employment.
  • Posted by LiveLoveLaugh May 05, 2020 at 14:34

    Absolutely! Singles outdoor tennis should be happening now. Exercise is vital, as is vitaminD - short enough season in Scotland! Trust us to be responsible adults for goodness sakes.
  • Posted by IainWallace May 05, 2020 at 15:43

    Outdoor, non-contact sport could and should be reopened really easily. It has enormous health benefits, both mentally and physically.
    Social distancing on a tennis court is very easy, even playing doubles.
  • Posted by Joeycuth May 05, 2020 at 15:58

    Singles tennis easy to reintroduce while maintaining social distance or with family members.
    Perhaps limit use of clubhouse facilities (one person in at once to use toilet for example) use own balls.
    Doubles more tricky but could again play with a family member against non family members.
  • Posted by Joeycuth May 05, 2020 at 16:00

    One to one coaching could also resume
  • Posted by AlexMD May 05, 2020 at 16:15

    I don't like tennis but can see no logical reason for keeping courts closed. I don't see a problem with coaching either.
  • Posted by luddite66 May 05, 2020 at 17:22

    I agree that social distancing on a tennis court is very easy, even playing doubles.
  • Posted by JulietSimpson May 05, 2020 at 17:36

    Outdoor singles or socially distanced doubles would present little or no risk if clubhouses remained closed. Small group or individual coaching could be introduced too to allow coaches to start earning again.
  • Posted by RobinW May 05, 2020 at 19:46

    Outdoors singles or doubles tennis low risk and easy to maintain physical distancing. Benefits outweigh risks.
  • Posted by Brian68 May 06, 2020 at 09:46

    I really support this idea. Don’t see why Singles and Doubles can’t be played adhering to social distancing guidelines. Understand that changing facilities and clubhouses need to remain shut but please let us play especially in this lovely spring weather. It’s going to be harder for clubs such as David Lloyd to just open their tennis facilities but smaller tennis clubs certainly could and also the council run tennis courts could be opened.
  • Posted by Tobydog May 06, 2020 at 14:41

    tennis could absolutely be played for exercise whilst maintaining social distancing. you can either play with family members or a friend .

    zero contact could be maintained.

    It would also be possible to bring your own balls and when a ball goes out of play you only pick up one of your own balls. your playing partner could do the same and therefore there is zero risk of infecting each other.
  • Posted by shazzaem May 06, 2020 at 21:34

    Open courts for both singles and doubles. The science said 1m face to face for 15 minutes for transmission. The risks of both singles and doubles is very low especially with good hand hygiene before coming on court and after leaving court.
  • Posted by SJM May 07, 2020 at 00:00

    I agree - both doubles and singles can be played whilst maintaining social distancing and could be out with households.
  • Posted by Hgrady May 07, 2020 at 05:53

    Great idea. Make use of local ware grounds and space to promote the sport activity and opportunity for health improvements. Needs to be accessible and affordable though.
  • Posted by gerryseydak May 07, 2020 at 10:35

    If outdoor tennis, golf, bowls, hillwalking etc aren't deemed safe................then nothing is safe...........and we should all stay at home till a vaccine is discovered.

    We need to get on with life and those sorts of activities must surely be amongst the very first things to be 'unlocked'.
  • Posted by RicksterMac May 07, 2020 at 19:41

    Outdoor singles should be added to permitted exercise, immediately. Players can appropriately safe-distance. They can disinfect or wipe-down any handles at their club & avoid touching gates / fences / benches / doors etc. They don't need to share racquets / other equipment (try to use a new tin of balls?). Avoid change of ends if have to. Stay apart when taking a break. Change/shower at home. Arrive and play immediately and not hang around afterwards.

    It's really a no brainer!? ...doubles might even be permitted, with members of your own household initially and then expanded, as we test and become more aware of new-normal options...

    Tennis is the first sport than can be played safely and get us all back to more exercise options!! Come on Scottish Government - make it happen!!!...
  • Posted by Zaffarella May 11, 2020 at 15:43

    This can only be for the good. Singles tennis is the perfect example of socially distanced sport. Doubles should be ok as well as singles. Not sure that Indoor courts would not be ok as well.
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