Playing Tennis During Covid-19 Lockdown


The following guidelines are in place in order to enable our members to access the tennis courts in a safe environment and for everyone to enjoy the health benefits of playing the sport. The guidelines are based on advice and guidance from the Government, LTA & Tennis Scotland.  Please note that rules can change at short notice as and when required.

The courts are now open to both members and non-members in a strictly limited capacity as described below.

Please do not come to the courts under the following circumstances -

  • If you have been notified by a Government letter that you are in a vulnerable category
  • If you have been in contact with, or live in a household with, someone who has contracted the virus, you should self-isolate for 14 days.
  • If you feel unwell or have a fever.
  • If you have a confirmed case, you need to isolate yourself for at least 7 days to prevent it spreading to other people.

Social distancing must be observed by all players.

Publicly available periods: Mon - Fri 9am - 4pm, Sat 9am - 1pm

  • During these periods, courts must be booked before play - this applies to members as well as non-members. There is no booking fee.
  • Booking should be done online through the Aberdeenshire Council website
  • When booked by a non-member, a person from Council staff will unlock the court before the time of play and lock it again when play is finished. Club members can use their own court key to unlock and lock the courts.

Member only periods: Mon - Fri before 9am and after 4pm, Sat before 9am and after 1pm, Sun all day

  • Only club members may play on the courts during these periods,
  • Currently, we do not have a booking system, so members are asked to behave responsibly and adhere to the social-distancing guidelines set out below.
  • If it becomes necessary, we may introduce a booking system in the future so, if you have difficulty finding free time on the courts, please do let us know.

Guidelines for Players

  • Maximum of two people per court (singles play only). Players can be from different households
  • The only exception to the above is where doubles can be played between 2 household groups or 4 players from the same household
  • Children under 14 years must be supervised by a parent. Children over 14 years may play without an adult or parent present, though this is at parent discretion.
  • Parents MUST ensure that their children are aware of and adhere to the guidelines explained below
  • Take all your own equipment (do not share equipment such as rackets, grips, hats and towels)
  • Only take the minimum amount of equipment with you that you need to play
  • Take hand sanitizer with you
  • Clean and wipe down your equipment, including racquets and water bottles before and after use
  • Bring a full water bottle, and do not share food or drink with others
  • Bring your own tennis balls that are clearly marked (e.g. with your initials) - this applies to both players
  • Ensure you take all your belongings with you at the end of the session and do not leave anything on court
  • The clubhouse and toilet facilities will remain closed.
  • Floodlights are not available.
  • Stay at least two metres away from other players at all times (including during play, when taking breaks and before and after play)
  • Do not make physical contact with other players (such as shaking hands, high fives or elbow bumps)
  • Stay on your side of court and avoid changing ends, or agree to change ends at opposite sides of the net
  • Avoid chasing the ball down to another court if other players are using it
  • Where possible, avoid touching surfaces such as the fence, gates, nets, netpost, etc
  • Please put any racket bags or sports bags on the wall in between the courts and not at the net post. Ensure bags are a minimum of 2 metres apart, so that safe social distancing can be maintained.
  • Serve only with your own tennis balls.
  • Avoid using your hands to pick up tennis balls that aren’t yours - use your racquet or foot to hit/kick them to your opponent or return them to another court.
  • Entering and exiting the courts must be in keeping with tennis court etiquette and respectful of social distancing for all players
  • If you have booked a court, please arrive promptly to start your game and leave 5 minutes before the end of your booked slot.
  • If you are playing at a time when the courts are not bookable and other members turn up hoping to play, let them know how soon you will be finished, so that they can return to play later.
  • Do not stay at the courts to socialise before or after playing.

All players are asked to practice good hygiene as the best preventative measures to avoid contracting COVID-19.

  • Please wash your hands before and after playing tennis.
  • Whilst on court, use alcohol-based hand sanitiser to cleanse you hands at regular intervals.
  • If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve (not your hand) and bin the tissue when you get home.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Avoid physical contact with others.


  • This is stage 1 of the opening process and rules can change at short notice.
  • We will continue to review and make adjustments where necessary.
  • These processes are new to our club and your committee are committed to offering the best & safest possible environment for members to return.
  • Please respect the decisions and rules created and note that members of your committee can be contacted if you have any concerns or would like to report a breach of these rules.


Further guidance can be found on the LTA website.

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