From the outset we have put the health and safety of our tennis community at the forefront of all decision making. We have also made every attempt to interpret all of the respective Government guidelines and Public Health Orders in a clear and concise manner to assist the tennis community in making the right decisions for the benefit of their own members and players.
Since Monday’s announcement, we’ve have been in further dialogue with NSW Health, the Office of Sport and with the other major State Sporting Organisations (SSO) to discuss the matter further and seek clarity with particular reference to travel across Metropolitan Sydney area.
In taking a practical, common-sense approach to the continuation of tennis as advised by the Office of Sport tennis has taken steps to cancel, postpone or redesign events or competitions that were not in line with the recommendations issued by the Chief Health Officer. In particular, Dr Kerry Chant wished to highlight that the movement of teams and participants in shared transportation, large gatherings of participants and teams in single locations and post-event social activities were of the greatest concern, and not on-field transmission.
Those competitions and tournaments that are continuing, then they do so whilst observing COVID-Safe plans and the relevant Public Health Orders. We would seek further cooperation by asking participants to travel alone, minimise stops on the way to your event or match and leave immediately following the conclusion of your matches.
Tennis NSW respects the decision of clubs or venues to not participate or host events in the current climate as well as those players who may wish not to participate in those competitions that are continuing. On our website we continue to provide the most recent Community Guidelines, recommendations and any resources you may require.
Finally, we wish to thank our tennis community for your continued support and vigilance in adhering to the NSW Government Public Health Orders and the required COVID Safe practices.
Tennis NSW CEO