By allowing tennis as one of the few healthy and safe activities left to help keep our stress levels low and our immune systems strong , we can contribute to fighting the spread of Covid-19.
With just a few precautions and the addition of a court scheduling reservation strategy that municipalities could adopt, tennis can remain a safe and socially distanced activity that can be assessed as a low to no risk outdoor activity which people can enjoy and remain safe while playing.
Here's the reasoning behind what I've just stated;
1) We know that people are being infected by having the virus enter through the mouth, nose or eyes. We know that washing hands thoroughly can kill any covid-19 virus before a person touches their face where it would be then likely to enter any of those three portals. So if tennis players wash their hands before and after they play tennis, even if the virus has been spread to one's hands , they can kill it before allowing themselves to touch their face and fall victim to the contagion.
2) We also know that tennis has a natural framework for "social distancing"built into it.. A tennis court normally offers 1,292 square feet between doubles players which is much more than is required for social distancing. The game of doubles offers a natural player positioning which also observes social distancing. So therefore the concept that it wouldn't be safe because it doesn't comply with social distancing regulations is completely wrong. The only possibility where "social distancing" might not be observed is if tennis courts are converged on by masses of people who would remain waiting to get onto a court.. So we have a potential "Catch 22 in the making. tennis would naturally remain a sport of social distancing if masses of people don't suddenly appear at the courts.
3) By regulating play on courts with a daily/hourly court reservation system,masses of people do not have to converge on tennis courts.. It's a simple system that could be set up by the recreation's staff and would be easy to comply with.
4) Many other precautions could be utilized to complement the already safe scenario that I've just outlined ;for instance; a) Wear wristbands to rub any itch on your face,b) Bring sanitisers with you when you play c) Play only with a new can of balls and dispose of those balls after playing. d) Change your overgrip after playing and dispose of your old one properly e):Stop and sanitize your hands every 1/2 to one hour of play.f) Wear sunglasses to block entrance to the virus.g) Wear thin medical gloves and dispose of them after play. and h) do not attempt to play if you are frequently coughing or sneezing to start with..
We should all realize that tennis is considered a "gray "area by the federal and state governments and it's leading health officials.Otherwise they would've already banned and grouped it in with the other sports that were considered either contact sports or sports or activities that didn't allow for social distancing . But that was not the case.. NJ State's executive order #108 allowed municipalities to make their own future decision about closing the parks and tennis courts. Many municipalities had already taken that drastic and unnecessary decision even before that order was established.
Given that we all know that "An ACTIVE LIFESTYLE IS A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE", daily exercise can help us to fight off the Corona virus,knowing the facts that we know about one of the safest sports in the world and how the Corona virus spreads. Isn't it a contradiction in logic to ban tennis and to lock outdoor tennis courts?
The courts themselves don't represent a problem for disinfection since Ultraviolet sun rays are said to be one of the most powerful covid -19 disinfectants there is.So tennis courts are being disinfected on an hourly and daily basis when the sun is shining
With all the facts listed above, I call on everyone including Mayors and Municipal government health officials to avoid making an uniformed and hasty decision to close outdoor tennis courts without considering implementing alternate plans and adding precautions to prevent congestion at the courts and allow them to remain open. Closing tennis courts is not proactive and only exacerbates an already bad situation.
Bill Bess Wayne Indoor Tennis Club,/Tennis Dynamics