Coach Daniel Vallverdu says the governing body of tennis in Great Britain (LTA) should “only advocate not playing tennis” in these difficult times. On Sunday, the LTA provided a list of advice for those who want to play tennis during the coronavirus pandemic.
In their statement, the LTA listed a number of precautionary and safety measures that should be done before, during and after the recreation. *Closure of all social spaces at a venue, including changing and toilet facilities *Use online booking for courts and sessions where at all possible *A buffer period be implemented between court booking slots to allow time for players to leave before next players arrive *Activity should only take place where travel to and from the courts can be done in a way compliant with social distancing advice, with players not travelling together unless they are part of a group residing in the same place *Activity should be in line with the Government’s advised social distancing measures at all times(defined by Public Health England as spending no more than 15 minutes within a 2-metre distance of someone), including when arriving to and departing from a court *If you are not confident that you can adhere to the social distancing guidance when undertaking tennis and coaching activity in doubles format, you should only facilitate activity with two players per court
Players are advised not to change ends during play *Coaches to avoid close proximity when giving feedback, or when players are resting *Ensure no physical contact between players during warm-ups or games *No extra-curricular or social activity should take place Vallverdu, who works with Stan Wawrinka and Karolina Pliskova, thinks everyone should stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic.
On Tuesday, the LTA followed the advice of the British Prime Minister and closed their tennis facilities and courts.