Tennis clubs keen for restart

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SOUTHLAND’S tennis players are enjoying the return to the court following a two-month hiatus due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Tennis Southland operations manager Jo Grimwood said while some Southland tennis clubs reopened earlier this month, coaching, for adults and children, resumed this week.

“It’s been exciting to see players back out on court, especially after a season plagued by cancellations due to bad weather.

“It was frustrating for tennis players in the region when, during the Alert Level 4 lockdown, the weather settled, and brought with it perfect tennis playing conditions,” Grimwood said.

Tennis was one of the few club sports able to be played in Alert Level 3 and under Alert Level 2 restrictions, because it was non-contact and able to be played with fewer than 10 players.

Te Anau and Waihopai Tennis Clubs were the only two, out of Southland’s 24 tennis clubs, to reopen for members during Alert Level 3.

“It was a club’s choice as to whether they felt comfortable enough to manage all the health and safety requirements needed at Level 3,” Grimwood said.

Support had also come from Tennis New Zealand during the different lockdown phases.

“They have kept us informed with regular updates and made available play safe guidelines, a contact tracing tool, Alert Level resources (including safety plans and signage) and provided us with support when needed.”

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