Still hold court in covid

ONE of the few sports still available to enjoy in a recreational capacity during lockdown, tennis is continuing at most local centres for participants living within five kilometres.

According to Tennis NSW, tennis holds a unique advantage as a sport which requires no direct contact between players.
All competitions are suspended but residents can book to have a social hit at Panania Tennis Centre, behind the Diggers club, Deverall Park Centre in Condell Park and Roger Bowman Centre in Sefton.
Courts, however, at Smith Park in East Hills and Coleman Park in Georges Hall are closed.
Canterbury Bankstown Tennis Association (CBTA) General Secretary Adele English said only singles were allowed to play, must wear a mask, must use their QR code to sign in and were supervised at all times.
“Police and council have checked out our Covid-safe protocols but if there are reports of anyone flouting the rules, they will pull the plug,” she said.
English said they were thrilled their regulars could still have a hit and a run on the court.
“We are also keen to celebrate the court surface upgrade at Roger Bowman Centre,” she said.
“Bankstown MP Tania Mihailuk recommended CBTA be approved for funding of $30,000 through the Community Building Partnership Grant, with the work completed at the end of last year.
“The work is greatly appreciated by the new managers of the centre, Sadik and Musa Kadir. The two brothers, both excellent tennis players, realised their dream in 2019 to run a tennis centre together and started out at Roger Bowman.
“They have built up a clientele of enthusiastic players – children and adults. The centre is open for court hire for singles and one-on-one coaching from these very professional guys; ring 0411 300 375 to book.”