Tennis activities prohibited in Lockdown 4

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From Tennis South Africa (TSA):

“We are fully aware of how frustrating the lockdown period has been for everyone and we sympathise with you all. This is a difficult time for everyone within the tennis community. We are all very keen to get back on court and resume all the tennis activities involved in this amazing sport of ours.

The easing of lockdown restrictions under level 4 excludes organised sport, events and coaching – meaning all our tennis activities will have to remain on hold for the time being. This means that tennis clubs and other sport facilities must remain closed for now. Fortunately there has been a slight easing of rules on exercising in public, so you can now walk, cycle and run, between 06h00 – 09h00 daily, within a 5km radius of your house – as long as you wear a mask, practise social distancing and do not do so in organised groups.

Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown regulations, Tennis South Africa (TSA) will not be releasing a revised tournament or activity calendar until more clarity has been given on each of the respective lockdown stages, by our national government. Once clarity has been provided, a revised calendar will be published with notifications circulated.

However one decision that has been made is that the Schools Weeks (High Schools and Primary Schools Inter-provincial tournaments) will not take place in June. The schools committee are considering alternative dates, later in the year, for these events.

Tennis SA is currently engaging with the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture to establish when tennis, which is a non-contact sport, can resume in some form. TSA is also actively collaborating with other sports in South Africa – with the common objective of seeing an easing of the regulations – in the context of sport and physical activity – as soon as is reasonably possible.

Tennis SA will communicate any updates as they occur and will post them on social media platforms (Facebook: Tennis South Africa, Twitter: @TennisSA, Instagram: @tennis__sa) and the TSA website (www.tennissa.co.za), so you are requested to check these on a regular basis. In the meantime, we encourage you to keep active and stay positive.”

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