18 October 2020 | Tennis Victoria

The below message was sent to Tennis Victoria Affiliates on Sunday 18 October 2020.

Dear Affiliate,

We are delighted to have some good news for those of you in Melbourne.

Following announcements by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews today, limited outdoor tennis coaching and recreational play can return in Metropolitan Melbourne from midnight tonight.

As always, we must await the Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV) legal directions before we can provide the Return to Tennis Guidelines with full details, but here is what we know currently,

Metro Melbourne from Midnight tonight:

  • Outdoor tennis courts can reopen – clubhouses must remain closed (we expect toilets will be able to open and will confirm as soon as possible)
  • Groups of up to 10 are allowed from a maximum of 2 households. We don’t yet know if this is per court or per venue and whether or not a coach will be included in the 10.
  • You can travel up to 25km from your home to a court, but no further.
  1. It is likely local councils will require a COVIDSafe plan before a venue can reopen. You can find a link to the Business Victoria COVIDSafe Plan template here. Some councils may accept a completed Tennis Victoria Return to Tennis Checklist as a COVIDSafe Plan – you can find this on our website here.

Metro Melbourne from 1 Nov – as above PLUS:

  • Competition will return
  • Indoor centres can open for under 18s only – no detail yet on numbers of players or spectators allowed

Regional Victoria from Midnight tonight:

  • No change other than hospitality arrangements have changed, please assess the impact for your venue here

Regional Victoria from 1 Nov:

  • Indoor centres can open for under 18s only – no detail yet on numbers of players or spectators allowed

We are now seeking clarity on the detail of all of the above from State Government SRV and will send this as soon as we have it. 

It has been incredibly challenging for us all and we are so grateful for your patience as we slowly reopen tennis.  Thank you for all your hard work and support – we are almost there and we can’t wait to see the tennis courts in Melbourne open again.

Warm Regards,
Tennis Victoria