Scotland number one Maia Lumsden back on court after lockdown

Tennis players all across Scotland were back on court on Friday following the easing of some lockdown restrictions by the Scottish Government.
Maia Lumsden in action at Bridge of Allan Tennis ClubMaia Lumsden in action at Bridge of Allan Tennis Club
Maia Lumsden in action at Bridge of Allan Tennis Club

Tennis, golf, bowls and angling were all allowed to resume, subject to social distancing guidelines, after almost 10 weeks of inactivity due to the coronavirus shutdown.

Among those who took advantage of the relaxed measures was Lenzie’s Maia Lumsden, Scotland’s number one female player.

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She joined Tennis Scotland chief executive Blane Dodds on court at the Bridge of Allan Sports Club to highlight new measures which have been put in place there, and at other clubs, to allow a safe return.

Tennis Scotland and the LTA have released a series of guidelines which players, coaches and venues will be required to follow.

These include having a maximum of two people on court, unless doubles pairs are both from the same household.

Players should only handle their own rackets and personal, marked, tennis balls.

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One to one coaching will be permitted but training will be for no more than one household per day.

Players should either avoid changing ends during a game or - if they do - change at opposite sides of the net.

The recommended social distancing two-metre rule should be maintained at all times and public hygiene guides should be followed.

Online bookings are advised, as is a 10-minute buffer period between bookings.

And players should not take to the court if they are self-isolating.

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