When will I be able to play tennis from?

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BORIS Johnson is due to set out his roadmap to take the UK out of Covid lockdown on February 22.

Currently all tennis facilities in England and Wales are currently closed but the sport could be one of the first to have restrictions lifted.

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Playing tennis is currently banned under the Covid restrictions

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Playing tennis is currently banned under the Covid restrictionsCredit: Getty - Contributor

When will I be able to play tennis from?

No definite date has been set and tennis fans will have to wait to hear what Johnson says on February 22.

However, the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) is currently in discussions with the government over “the safe resumption of tennis activity as a naturally socially distant sport”.

The LTA hopes tennis will be among the first sports to have the coronavirus restrictions lifted.

Tennis was one of the first sports to have the restrictions eased when the country came out of the first lockdown in the summer.

Firstly, members of the same household could play together then this was widened so people from multiple households could have a game.

In Scotland the rules are different.

Children aged 11 and under can take part in organised outdoor group tennis activities, while adults and kids aged over 12 can only take part in singles tennis, unless all participants are from the same household.

What are the new rules?

The current restrictions apply to people playing the recreational sport or as a way to keep fit.

Elite sport is able to continue in line with the strict protocols and measures that are in place for it.

Organised outdoor sport for disabled people is also allowed to continue.

Tennis could be one of the first sports to have the coronavirus restrictions lifted

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Tennis could be one of the first sports to have the coronavirus restrictions liftedCredit: Image Bank - Getty

What are the rules for outdoor sports?

Outdoor sports venues were closed when the third lockdown regulations came into force on January 5.

This included tennis courts, golf courses and swimming pools.

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People still have access to outdoor exercise though but it can only be on your own,with people from the same household or just one other person from another household.

All amateur sports are still banned as are team sports.

Outdoor spaces where you're allowed to exercise include neighbourhood streets, parks, beaches, and the countryside, public gardens and grounds (whether or not you pay to enter them), allotments and outdoor playgrounds. 

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