The question has come up regularly: can tennis balls carry the Corona virus? According to most experts, the virus can survive on most surfaces (longer on some and shorter on others). So, what should we do while continuing to play our game?
A Noble Effort
If you read the thorough comment from doubles partner Dr. Noble Hendrix on the previous post concerning the virus, you learned of his efforts not to touch ANYTHING while playing tennis … the balls included.
He devised a challenging system of using only his racquet to pick up balls and even to use it to TOSS for the serve. Not sure I am that skilled.
Yes, You Can
A friend from Sailfish Point (Stuart, Florida) shared this recommendation from their director of tennis:
“I would suggest that each player on a four-person court bring their own tennis balls marked for them, similar to what people do with golf balls. The server should only use their own balls. If the ball falls on the other side, players should roll it back to the owner using their racket and should not touch the ball.”
At first, I thought this silly; but upon reflection, not such a crazy idea – especially if you are playing singles or cross court doubles with just two players on the court. Each player would open a can of balls and leave them on their end (north or south) of the court from which they are serving. And their opponent could easily use their racquet to knock errant balls back to the correct side.
Glove it Up
As a third option, today, I will try playing with a leather glove on my left hand; and use only that hand to touch the ball – or anything else at the tennis court.
P.S. I went to Amazon to see if I could get either real, medical gloves or golf gloves; but they are out ONE MONTH until hopeful delivery.
What do YOU plan on doing on the court?
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