Tennis Auckland - COVID 19 Update

March 20, 2020

Tennis Auckland have for some time been closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak in guidance with Tennis New Zealand and the Ministry of Health.

There are many factors to consider, first and foremost the health and wellbeing of our members and ensuring our communities are at the forefront of any decisions we make.

After consultation with Tennis New Zealand, effective from Friday 20 March we will be cancelling all organised competition until at least 2 May 2020. 

For clarity this includes:
  • All Interclub Competition
  • Organised Club tournaments and events
  • Organised Affiliate tournaments and events including Tennis Seniors, Wheelchair Tennis and other Affiliate events.
  • Organised midweek competition
  • Organised club nights
  • Any other competition organised by Tennis Associations, Clubs & Affiliates.
National events also affected include:
  • Tennis Seniors National Teams Event, Hawkes Bay (Tennis Seniors Event)
  • NZ Secondary Schools Teams Championship, Christchurch (A rescheduled date will be found later in 2020)
  • NZ Junior National Teams Championships, Christchurch (A rescheduled date will be found later in 2020)
  • Tier 2 & Tier 3 National Junior Masters Series Events
  • Kiwi Money Tour Events
Tennis Auckland along with Tennis New Zealand will be reviewing the situation on an ongoing basis and are currently reviewing the impact on this cancellation on current competitions and events for Clubs and Members. More communications on this will be coming shortly.

Tennis Auckland appreciate the support of our Clubs and Members during this time, and recommend the below protocols and processes are adopted for Clubs, Coaches and Players in regards to coaching and social participation.  
  • Social distancing is the “new normal” and should apply to everyone’s actions
  • Keep sweat towels in your bag when not using them
  • Keep physical distance when instructing students
  • Keep hand sanitiser available both on the court and in the club house
  • Encourage players to use hand sanitiser, especially in group sessions if using shared equipment such as balls, racquets or supplementary lesson aids
  • Follow this Ministry of Health advice if you have any gatherings such as tournaments or social nights or fundraisers coming up.
  • As an added precaution, clubs should discontinue the traditional “morning/afternoon tea” where food is shared
  • Players are to exchange “good game” verbal appreciation only. Shaking hands, touching elbows/rackets are not recommended
  • Players are not to touch hands in celebration with doubles partners
  • New balls should be used to limit cross-contamination from multiple players.
  • Towels are not to be placed on fixed objects unless sanitation can be effectively conducted before and after use
It is recommended that all individuals and organisations in the play, active recreation and sport sector continue to follow the advice of the Ministry of Health who are able to share the latest information on a range of topics from travel to holding public events and mass gatherings.

For more information please head to
tennis.kiwi/covid-19/ which will be updated as the situation continues to develop.

Regards,

Mark Lewis
Club and Schools Manager
 
46K Stanley Street
Parnell, Auckland 1010
PO Box 2905, Auckland, 1140
PH +64 9 521 7634 | M +64 27 449 8818