- By booking a court, you acknowledge that you have read these rules and will abide by them.
- No one who has, or is suspected of having, the infection or is vulnerable or shielding should come to the court. For those people, coming to the court should only be after a suitable quarantine period (based on government guidance: currently 14 days after onset of symptoms). No cancellation fees will be charged in these circumstances.
- For the time being, guests or non-players should not enter the Club.
- Before leaving home, please wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds.
- Players should arrive changed and ready for play and should not enter the Club more than 5 minutes before playing. This is to allow the previous players to leave and for the court to be cleaned.
- When entering and exiting the Club, please clean your hands using the hand gel provided inside the front door. There will also be hand sanitising gel at each end of the court.
- Only singles or an individual (or household) lesson with a professional can be booked (except that doubles is permitted where all players are from the same household).
- For lessons, the professional will remain at the opposite end of the court at all times.
- Courts will be for 1 hour rather than usual 1¼ hours. This will allow time for cleaning and changing players over. The court times will remain the same; it is just that the finish time will be earlier. Players are asked to leave the court swiftly and not to socialise at the Club.
- Personal hygiene and social distancing must be maintained at all times. The changing rooms and shower facilities will not be in use, nor will the Club room and kitchen. The disabled toilet will be available and will be cleaned regularly.
- Players should bring their own water bottle, refreshments and towel. They must not use the tap in the disabled toilet (or the kitchen) for drinking water.
- To maintain social distancing on court, at change of ends the incoming server must wait for the other player to be more than 2 metres away from them throughout.
- Please avoid touching the court surfaces as much as possible.
- The sets of tennis balls will be changed each day allowing for at least 72 hours before they are used again. Please do not touch the balls by hand whilst at the receiving end and limit your contact with them whilst serving.
- Players must wear a glove on their non-playing hand. Cotton gloves will be provided next to the hand sanitising gel if you have not brought your own; you must take the glove home with you after play.
- Airflow in and around the court is important. Doors wherever possible will be left open together with the windows around the court.
- Between games, the court will be cleaned including the floor and around the dedans, gallery and grille.
- When you have finished your game, please leave the building promptly and limit your contact with the pros and the building. If you wish to socialise, please do so outside the Club.
- Please do not write your game score down at the Club; either tell the pros or email them when you get home.
- The Club will only be open for play between the hours of 0900 to 2000 Monday to Friday and 0900 to 1730 on Saturday and Sunday.
- If, having been to the Club, you later experience any Covid-19 symptoms, please contact the professional immediately who can then inform all the players that played that day. Such a member will be subject to “track and trace” government requirements and will not be allowed to play until after the suitable quarantine period.
- The purpose of our assessment has been to identify the risks of contracting Covid-19 by coming to and playing real tennis on the court.
- The main risks are from direct touch (other people, court surfaces and balls primary) or indirect aerosol (from being in an enclosed space with other people).
- Having considered these in detail and having regard to the helpful advice given by the T&RA in their risk assessment (available here), we have incorporated into the current “PHTC Rules of Play” the actions we consider necessary to mitigate these risks as far as possible. Ultimately however the management of their risk is down to individual members.
- Our Covid compliance officer is Tom Durack who will be responsible for monitoring and implementing our rules and any track and trace procedures. He will be assisted in this task by Nigel Draffan, your board member responsible for health and safety.
The Robinson Trophy Scratch Doubles took place last weekend and as usual did not disappoint! Although the field was slightly shorter this year there was no lack of quality in the matches! The tournament started on the Saturday with two quarter final matches with the winners going through to play the top 2 seeds in the semi-finals. The first match saw Hereward Taylor and Charlie Maunder take on Tim Armstrong and John Priestland and win 5/6 6/4 6/4 in an incredibly tight match that really could have gone either way. Then we had David Fortune and Fergus Jenkins vs Simon Armstrong and Adrian Warburton, David and Fergus struggled to get going in the first set losing 6/2 but managed to find some form in the second to get to 5/5, but Simon and Adrian continued to power through and took the set 6/5
The first semi-final was between the number 1 seeds (and current holders) Nick Chambers and George Andrews vs Simon and Adrian, in this match it would be Simon and Adrian who couldn’t quite find a way through, losing the first set 6/1, then battling hard in the second to narrowly lose 6/5! The second semi final saw Hereward and Charlie take on the number 2 seeds Jon Petersen and Andrew Falk, Hereward and Charlie dominated throughout to cause an upset winning 6/2 6/3
On to the final, Hereward and Charlie Vs Nick and George, and it did not disappoint!
Nick and George came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders to win a very convincing first set 6/0! But Hereward and Charlie were not going to give up that easily, and with a bit of tactics discussions managed to take the second set 6/3, this match could really have gone either way! However it would be Nick and George who held their nerve winning the final set 6/3.
Congratulations to Nick and George on winning this years Robinson Trophy Level Doubles!
Special mention to George with his second title in a row, and also to Nick for his third title in a row!
Well played to all of our competitors and we hope to see you all again next year!
Nick and George and Hereward and Charlie have now both qualified for the Ellis-Rich Scratch Doubles Tournament being held on the 23/24th November, be sure you don’t miss it!