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Court Bookings & Rules

Before booking a time to play, please view and listen to our slide show for best practices on returning to Tennis Safely with COVID 19.

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To book a time slot please click the plus sign at the bottom of the schedule. Please ensure you have read and familiarised yourself with the rules relating to COVID 19 fully before booking a slot. They are shown beneath the booking system schedule. It will be taken as your acceptance of the rules once you have confirmed a booking.

IMPORTANT: YOU MUST ENTER BOTH OR ALL NAMES. Please ensure that all names are entered in the booking slot. This is for contact tracing purposes in the event it was needed. Your time slot will not be allowed go ahead unless ALL names of those who will be on court are entered. You can add them to the notes section if more than two.

DEMO VIDEO HERE if needed.

Before you Play……..You must stay at home if you:

  • Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • Have been overseas or exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • Have flu-like symptoms or are feeling unwell.
  • Live outside a 5km radius of the club.
  • Are over 70 years of age during this phase of The Government’s Covid-19 Restrictions   


  • Players should ensure that they utilise toilet facilities in their own home prior to arriving at the club as toilet facilities will not be available during this phase.  
  • Players should, ideally, bring a small bottle of hand sanitizer with them and keep it in their pocket of bag for use.

Social Distancing Behaviours

To protect against infection:

  • Players must refrain from handshakes and high fives
  • Keep 2 metres away from other people at all times
  • Do not share food, towels and drinks
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or hand-sanitiser when available, before and after eating, after going to the toilet, sneezing and coughing
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes and dispose of any used tissue
  • in your own bag and bring it home with you
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Keep your distance from people who are obviously sick
  • Try not to touch any surfaces, but if you do sanitise your
  • hands as soon as possible
  • Change ends at opposite sides of the net. If this is not
  • possible then do not change ends. Use two sets of clearly marked tennis balls.
  • These should be alternated for serving with each player only touching their individual balls.
  • Use your racquet / foot to pick up balls and hit them to
  • your opponent. Avoid using your hands to pick up the balls.
  • Remain apart from other players when taking a break.
  • If a ball from another court comes across, send it back with a kick or with a racquet

Attending Tennis Activities

  • Maximum 2 Bookings per Person/family for this first week of Phase  1
  • Pre book your court online using the Court Bookings Section on the website- if you have any issues please contact either Carol Keavey, Sinead Brown or Giuliano Davenport. All players, and not just the player making the booking, should be included in the booking notes. If there is a change to who is playing, it is advisable to make sure the booking is updated.
  • Players should travel to the club alone, or only with a member of the same household
  • Courts are allocated in1 hours slots with a ten minute interval between each slot to allow for staggered play      
  • Only people core to playing should attend tennis activities such as players, participants, coaches and operational personnel.    
  • Arrive and leave as close as possible to when you are due on court.The Main Campus gate to remain locked after entry. The Main tennis club gate to be opened by the first member on court with all other gates remaining open. If member in on court and no other member are down after them the RTC gate solud be locked.The last person on court to lock the tennis club gate.when leaving.      
  • A parent/guardian must accompany any player under 18 yearsand must stay and supervise them for the duration of play Parents supervising children should be limited to one.No Children after 7 pm in evening.There should be no spectators present during this phase of reopening    
  • Play should be limited to singles only during this phase of the reopening. The only exception for doubles is if playing partners are from the same household. Further doubles play will be considered in future phases of reopening.     
  • Players should arrive ready to play as their will be no access to any of the club house facilities.
  • There will be no use of Floodlights as clubhouse will remain closed for this first phase of return to play

Tennis Balls

  • Practice caution with the Tennis Balls
  • Although there is no specific evidence that tennis balls can spread COVID-19, we know that contamination from respiratory droplets from an infected person can potentially survive on hard surfaces for up to three days.
  • Replace balls if someone suspected of having COVID 19 comes in contact with them
  • Consider spraying balls with a disinfectant spray at the conclusion of play. Using new balls on a very regular basis is highly encouraged.       

When Play Finishes

  • Once play has finished players should leave the club promptly
  • Hands should be washed and sanitised as soon as possible
  • Ensure equipment is cleaned thoroughly after use. Tennis balls can be sprayed with a disinfectant
  • If a player becomes unwell after playing, they should first contact their GP/HSE and then inform their club. The club will then follow advice provided to them by the HSE on the next steps
  • Members should be encouraged to remind other members of the guidelines, in a gentle way, when they witness poor practices. Repeated poor practice should be reported to the club as soon as possible      

If you would like you can find more information on the Tennis Ireland website

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