We are now almost a full year into this health crisis and the “experts” have regularly changed their opinions on what is safe and what is not. What is the current state of playing tennis and the virus?
Tennis Ball Transmission?
Thanks to Dr. Noble Hendrix for sharing a public health notice that says:
“We found that the surface of sport balls, notably a football, tennis ball, golf ball, and cricket ball could not harbour inactivated virus when it was swabbed onto the surface, even for 30 s. However, when high concentrations of 5000 dC/mL and 10,000 dC/mL are directly pipetted onto the balls, it could be detected after for short time periods. Sports objects can only harbour inactivated SARS-CoV-2 under specific, directly transferred conditions… This has helpful implications to sporting events.”
Tennis Club Policies?
Our Pelican Bay tennis facilities have staggered court start times to minimize people congregating; but have let the people play (outside guests included) under “normal” conditions. And to my knowledge, there have been no negative Covid complications resulting from “consenting adults” playing our game in the safe outdoors.
One noticeable change has been in the socialization during and after a match. Most players still try to keep an acceptable distance on changeovers; and are more sensitive to group gatherings after matches. For me, going out to lunch after a match is acceptable, if the restaurant has outdoor seating.
Tennis Tournaments Status?
As of this writing, there has been no change to the Florida 2021 tournament plans … with NO tournaments scheduled for the Naples area in January and three still on the calendar for February in Sarasota and St. Pete.
What are your policies and the rules in place for those playing indoors?
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