Tennis Geelong Inc

COMPETITION SUSPENSION UPDATE

18 March 2020 |

To all Tennis Geelong Clubs & Players,

As you are aware, as last of Saturday morning all Tennis Geelong competitions were suspended due to concerns regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus). This suspension was initiated after the overnight announcement from Tennis Australia that all competitions and tournaments run by TA and their state bodies, including Tennis Victoria, were suspended indefinitely.

Since Saturday, we have gathered all available information, including further consultation with Tennis Victoria, and Tennis Geelong has determined the best course of action is to be a part of the solution to this unprecedented situation, and cancel all competition until further notice.

 

For each of our current competitions, the following will apply:

SATURDAY JUNIORS – all finals matches played will stand, but finals not played will be considered cancelled by the Association, and Rule 4.11.7 will apply:

In the event of the COMPETITION COMMITTEE cancelling a semi-final the competing team highest on the ladder, at the end of the home and away season, will be deemed the winner.

i.e. “Page” system – in the semi-finals 1 meets 2, and 3 meets 4: a cancellation will result in 1 going straight into the grand final with 2 playing 3 in the preliminary final. 4 is knocked out.

“Knock out” system – 1 meets 4 and 2 meets 3 in the semi-finals; a cancellation will result in teams 1 and 2 playing in the grand final.

– in the preliminary final a cancellation will result in the home team going straight into the grand final.

Should the grand final be cancelled then the home team will be deemed the winner.

 

SATURDAY SENIORS – all finals matches played will stand, but finals not played will be considered cancelled by the Association, and Rule 2.9.9 will apply:

In the event of the COMPETITION COMMITTEE cancelling a final, the following will occur between the two teams competing; the one higher on the ladder at the end of the home & away season, will be deemed the winner.

i.e. “Page” system – in the semi-finals 1 meets 2, and 3 meets 4: a cancellation will result in 1 going straight into the grand final, with 2 playing 3 in the preliminary final. 4 is knocked out.

– in the preliminary final a cancellation will result in the higher team on the ladder, at the end of the home & away season, going straight into the grand final

“Knock out” system – 1 meets 4 and 2 meets 3 in the semi-finals; a cancellation will result in – 1 and 2 playing in the grand final

Should the grand final be cancelled then the higher team on the ladder, at the end of the home & away season, will be deemed the winner.

 

TUESDAY MIDWEEK – Round 7 and 8 have been cancelled by the Association. There was no play scheduled for 31st March or 7th April due to school holidays, so a decision as to whether play will recommence 14th April will be made closer to the date, as more information comes to hand.

 

THURSDAY TRIPLES – Final round of play and finals are cancelled by the Association, and Rule 5.9.9 will apply:

In the event of the COMPETITION COMMITTEE cancelling a final, the following will occur between the two teams competing; the team higher on the ladder at the end of the home & away season, will be deemed the winner. i.e. “Knock out” system – 1 meets 4 and 2 meets 3 in the semi-finals; a cancellation will result in – 1 and 2 playing in the grand final

Should the Grand Final be cancelled then the competing team that finished higher on the ladder, at the end of the home & away season, will be deemed the winner.

 

PHOTOS – Premiers Photos will not be taken at this time. We will try to organise for these to be taken with the next seasons photos.

TOWELS/MEDALS – Will be made available to winning clubs when play recommences.

WINTER SEASON – teams should be entered as per information already provided. We will plan to start Winter as per usual, however, we are forming contingencies around an abridged season. This decision will be made closer to the scheduled start time, as more information comes to hand.

 

SOCIAL PLAY – exercise and fresh air are important to everyone’s physical and mental wellbeing, and while we are not providing organised competition in the near future, we would encourage anyone comfortable in making the choice to get out on court to do so, using the guidelines outlined by Tennis Victoria, News Section of the Tennis Victoria website

 

These decisions have not been made lightly, and are considered to be the safest outcome at this point in time. This is a dynamic situation, so with more information being provided by both the government and sporting bodies, further updates may be required in the following weeks. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter, and we will continue to update everyone as more information comes to hand. Information will be distributed to club contacts via email and also posted on Facebook and the website.