Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 4 January of new national lockdown restrictions to be introduced across England, the LTA can confirm that regrettably all indoor and outdoor tennis facilities will need to close. This means we will be cancelling all tennis competitions up to Sunday 28th February 2021 which includes the LTA 18U County Cup Event.
If restrictions do start to relax earlier than expected we can look to restart some matchplay’s and local competitions to give players the opportunity to compete. We continue to hope that a full programme will be able to run from Easter onwards. However, there are no plans to reschedule this year’s 18U County Cup Event.
The LTA believes tennis is a naturally socially distanced sport that is safe to play and gives people of all ages the opportunity to exercise with friends or relatives. Tennis is important for people’s physical and mental health and we will continue to liaise with the Government and ask them to allow players back on court as soon as possible.
We know that this is incredibly disappointing and frustrating news for all involved with our sport, as well as presenting further significant financial challenges. Further information on current financial support available from Government is available on the LTA’s website, and the LTA will also continue to engage with Government to help ensure that the tennis community is supported through the coming weeks and months.