The below message was sent today to affiliated tennis clubs, associations in Metropolitan Melbourne and Victorian Tennis Australia Coach Members.

Like you, we are extremely disappointed by Premier Daniel Andrews announcement that all tennis facilities are to remain closed as we move to Step 2 of the Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Roadmap.

We firmly believe that tennis, a physically distanced non-contact sport, can return safely to provide health and wellbeing opportunities to support people through isolation and to provide our coaches with much needed income.

We know today’s news will be very hard to hear, and especially for coaches who need to get businesses back up and running.

We are considering our next steps and will continue to advocate for the safe return of tennis in Metropolitan Melbourne.

In the meantime, we recommend that every tennis club and coaching business ensures its COVIDSafe Plan is in place so that when we do get the green light to reopen you will be ready to share your plans with local councils. This is likely to be a requirement of reopening. Resources to help with COVIDSafe planning are available here and we are here to help as much as possible during this very challenging time.