Limited Doubles Play Starts Saturday 16 May

Dear Members,

As of this Friday, 15th May, the New South Wales government have advised that a number of restrictions will be lifted in regards to social gathering and outdoor recreation. Core to this is the allowing of outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people. Please note that we are still awaiting the final Public Health Orders, so these published guidelines may be subject to small changes and revisions once these are released.

The Club has received the advice from Tennis NSW which is summarised below. You can access the updated Community Play guidelines here

1. Stay at home if you:

  • Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • Have been overseas or exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • Have flu-like symptoms

If you are in a high risk health category, then you should not be administering or playing tennis at any time during this period. The Federal Government have listed the following as high-risk categories:

  • Persons with weakened immune systems
  • Any person aged over 70 (over 60 for people with pre-existing medical conditions, or over 50 for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people with pre-existing medical conditions)
  •  Persons with diagnosed chronic medical conditions (such as lung conditions and kidney failure)
  •  People with diabetes
  •  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Very young children (Under 5) and babies

 2. Social distancing
The rule of keeping 1.5 metres away from other people is still in place
3. Play

  • The number of players per court is now a maximum of 4 people. Therefore Doubles play can now recommence.
  • No off court social gatherings before or after play. Get in – Play – Get out is still the rule.
  • Court side seating will be reopened – – users should continue to adhere to social distancing measures
  • No shared equipment such as racket, balls and drink fountains.

 4. The Clubhouse will remain closed
Showers and change rooms to be closed. Toilets are for emergencies only

New Arrangements at MLTC


The following rules and guidelines will apply. 
Any breaches by Members or court hirers will be severely dealt with, as the Club is open to serious fines if Government guidelines are not adhered to.

1. Members must book courts for Members’ play times (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) through the Manly Tennis Centre (MTC) – Play will be singles and Doubles  (4 persons per court max.).
As a reminder, here are Member Court times. These may vary somewhat under the current arrangements but provide a reminder to members of roughly when they can book.
2. The Clubhouse will remain closed.
3. Court time is limited. One hour per booking.
4. Players must bring their own balls.
5. Players must leave the club surrounds as soon as they have completed their match. Entry will be via the front gate on Raglan St and exit via the gate on Court 4.
6. Players cannot come down the court in hope of finding a hitting partner. All matches must be organised beforehand. Any infractions by members in this regard will be severely dealt with as the Club is open to serious fines if Government guidelines are not adhered to.
7. Players must bring their own water bottle.
8. Players are responsible for their own hygiene etiquette, and must comply with ALL COVID 19 rules and regulations.
9. Court opening times are determined by the MTC and may be shorter than usual.
10. Members play must be booked.

  • Bookings for Saturday are available from 12pm to 5pm. Bookings can be made via the website (click here) or by calling MTC up until 11am on member playing days
  • Bookings for week days need to be booked by 11am on the day of play, otherwise the court may be booked out to non members.

11. No visitors are allowed during Members’ playing time.
12. Players can play outside of Members’ time but the normal rules of the Club will apply (click here for court policy). If Members want to book a court outside of club hours so they can guarantee a time of play, they will need to hire the court. If you are playing with a non-Club member you will also need to hire the court.
13. You must always check with Scott (MTC) before playing at any time.

Craig Withell
Manly Lawn Tennis Club
mob. 0409-116-220
[email protected]