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Newmarket Tennis Club opens up to members

The restrictions and new regulations may be plentiful, but as of today, tennis is back on the agenda in Newmarket.

All sport – both professional and recreational – has been suspended since the middle of March when the United Kingdom was placed on lockdown in a bid to ease the spread of COVID-19.

However, earlier this week the government unveiled its roadmap to get the country back up and running, which included the return of some outdoor sports.

In a 50-page document released by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, it stated ‘people may exercise outside as many times each day as they wish, for example, this would include angling and tennis’ and that ‘you can only exercise with up to one person from outside your household’ while social distancing.

For Newmarket Tennis Club head coach Bruce Tarran, the news they could reopen their Hamilton Road facility was music to his ears.

The new guidelines, such as players must mark and use their own balls and that the clubhouse will have to remain closed, does provide certain challenges.

But he can still provide coaching sessions on a one-on-one basis, as well as allowing singles matches to take place.

“I am a coach, but the worst thing about the last few weeks has been not being able to play,” he said.

“All of our members have missed playing the sport so much.

“The social side of the club will not return and that will be tough, but it will just be great to get out there and hit some balls.

“I’ve had so many questions about when we can return, which shows how keen people are.

“This will do wonders for both physical fitness and mental health.”

Initially, the courts will only be available to club members, although this may be altered in time.

The club is, however, open to new members joining, with more information available here.