Tennis stars and staff will not have to self isolate

Tennis stars and staff will not have to self isolate in the event of a positive contact after LTA negotiate deal with the Government

  • Scheme involves increased daily testing of competitors and their support teams 
  • Lawn Tennis Association can include all players and staff under their umbrella
  • In the event of a positive contact they will be continuously assessed

Tennis players arriving in the UK for grass court events will be spared self-isolation if they have come into contact with a positive case on their journey.

With the tournaments kicking off on Sunday, competitors and their support teams have been told they can join a pilot scheme of increased daily testing, rather than having to pull out. 

It is the same programme from which cabinet minister Michael Gove is benefiting after coming back from watching the Champions League final in Porto.

The Viking Open at Nottingham is among the tournaments covered by the Covid programme

The Lawn Tennis Association have negotiated with the Government to include players and staff under their umbrella. In the event of a positive contact they will be continuously assessed, not barred from competing or training.

The Viking Open at Nottingham began its qualifying on Saturday, with the women’s main draw starting on Sunday and the men’s Challenger on Monday.

The tournaments received a blow with Venus Williams pulling out, following the same move from Andy Murray, who still intends to play at Queen’s Club.

Jo Konta is the top seed and leads the British challenge, while Dan Evans heads the men’s field and has opted to participate after his early exit from Roland Garros, whose postponement by a week means that it will clash.

Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams has pulled out of the Nottingham Open

This will be the first high level grass court tennis seen in the UK since July 2019, with an all-British clash in the first round between Harriet Dart and promising teenager Emma Raducanu.

Also happening this coming week is the ATP Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, which will see Nick Kyrgios play his first tournament outside Australia since the start of the pandemic.

While it is highly unlikely that Naomi Osaka will appear at Wimbledon there was a more positive update from defending women’s champion Simona Halep.

The 29 year-old Romanian, who is absent from Roland Garros with a calf injury, posted a video of herself back hitting balls on a court after retiring from the Italian Open last month. 

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