Currently Waihopai Tennis Club (Invercargill) and Te Anau Tennis Club have their facilities open for their members. These clubs have worked hard to confidently meet the requirements around court bookings, contact tracing and have implemented a club safety plan which includes regular sanitizing practices.
There are many other clubs across Southland that are not officially open but the public can freely access the tennis courts. For anyone who wants to play tennis during Level 2 please ensure play is limited to within a group of 10 people only (per Gatherings rule) and no mixing or mingling with those outside of your group of 10 (maintain 2m distance).
Tennis coaching is able to go ahead at Level 2, please contact Lan Bale or Shaylee Syme for your coaching requirements.
Check out the 'Play Safe' expectations below as most of the information applies to tennis players regardless of whether the club is open officially or not.
You can play only in limited circumstances. Public courts are not open. Clubhouses, toilets, changing facilities etc at private facilities will not be open to use. You'll need to make a contactless (e.g. phone or online) appointment with a club if it is open. Stay strictly within your bubble to play, and avoid any congregating. You will be required to provide details for contact tracing, bring your own equipment, abide by the hygiene rules of the club, and only stay for the period of time that you are participating in your sport.
Watch for an update of Clubs that are open for bookings.
For more details head to Tennis NZ
or Sport NZ
Kia kaha everyone
Tennis NZ is monitoring all available news sources regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. As the situation changes daily we are making decisions regarding appropriate measures for tennis and will post updates on this page.
All updates listed below are current as of 27 April 2020.
UPDATE: 27 April 2020 - Pleased to see that playing tennis within your bubble is permitted under Level 3.
- Clubs choosing to open must be confident and comfortable that they can follow the health and safety measures recommended by the Government
- Tennis NZ have created a Club Toolkit ready for clubs to use from Tuesday 28 April. This includes:
- Unfortunately coaching will not be permitted at Level 3, unless the coach and player are already within the same bubble.
- Read on HERE for Sport NZ's guidelines for "Play, active recreation and sport at Alert Levels 4&3"
- The Tennis Alert Level recommendations for Alert Level 3 have been revised.
UPDATE: 9 April 2020: Tennis NZ, affiliated Regions and key Facility Managers have worked over the past week to put ‘Tennis Activity Alert Levels’ together. We realise this is such an unusual time for everyone, and we are keen for clubs and coaches to get back on court as soon as it is safe and responsible to do so. Like you, we are monitoring Government announcements closely and as we move back down through the Alert Levels, if there is more flexibility for public venues and playgrounds at Level 3, we shall update these guidelines to reflect that for tennis too.
UPDATE: 25 March 2020
For the time being, no results will be counted/recorded in Match Hub (back dated to 20th March 2020) and there will be no monthly rankings updates until further notice.
UPDATE: 23 March 2020
In light of the Government’s announcement today Tennis NZ is making the following recommendations:
Alert Level ‘Level 4’ - Current situation
Effective from 20 March 2020 Tennis New Zealand and its affiliated Regional bodies have agreed to CANCEL all organised competition until at least 2 May 2020.
Tennis New Zealand and its Regions recommend all Tennis Associations, Affiliates and Clubs adopt this position and CANCEL all organised tennis competitions under their mandate until 2 May 2020. For full details, and up to date information, please visit HERE
Given the fast-changing situation due to COVID-19, the Tennis Southland Board is advising that all tennis activities associated with Tennis Southland (including Western, Northern, Central, Eastern & Invercargill Clubs and Sub Associations) have been cancelled for the rest of the season. This includes activities such as club and school coaching, interclub & social competitions, tournaments and end of season break ups.
In making this decision we have prioritised the players, coaches, volunteers and broader community’s health and wellbeing.
Private coaching and tennis organised outside of the Tennis Southland umbrella is at the discretion of the players and coaches.
This is an unprecedented situation with potentially serious consequences if we get it wrong and we would prefer to be cautious during this time of uncertainty. We thank you for your understanding regarding this decision. Further information regarding the TS Awards 2020 will be advised.
Stay safe everyone
Tennis Southland Board Chair