Coming out of quarantine — why more people may be drawn to tennis over other sports
Updated: Oct 16, 2020
As restrictions are slowly lifted following Texas Governor Greg Abbott's COVID-19 shelter-in-place order, adults and children are anxious to get back to doing the activities that they love. However, while the restrictions have been loosened, it will be a while before athletes can return to team sports.
This poses an interesting opportunity for tennis. It is one of the very few outdoor sports that can be played while we are still under restrictions."
We believe that allowing tennis under special social distancing and hygiene protocols — as has been done for other exercise activities such as hiking — will restore a crucial health and wellness role in the lives of many Lake Travis residents," said Carter White, co-founder of Delta Tennis. "Tennis could also become appealing to athletes who traditionally have played close-contact sports."
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) on April 22, released some safety guidelines that will allow players to safely get back on the courts as their local governments loosen restrictions.
The two "Playing Tennis Safely" documents, one geared to players and one geared to tennis facilities, were developed by the USTA in conjunction with its Medical Advisory Group and its Industry partners. They provide extensive guidelines for the safe return to the courts.