Tennis stars and staff do not need to isolate in case of positive contact after negotiating LTA deal with government
- Schedule includes more daily tests from competitors and their support teams
- Lawn Tennis Association can include all players and staff under their umbrella
- In case of positive contact, they are continuously assessed
Tennis players arriving in the UK for grass court events will not self-isolate if they have come into contact with a positive case during their journey.
With the tournaments kicking off on Sunday, participants and their support teams have been told they can participate in a pilot program of more daily tests, rather than withdrawing.
It is the same program that Minister Michael Gove benefits from after he returned from watching the Champions League final in Porto.
The Viking Open in Nottingham is one of the tournaments covered by the Covid program
The Lawn Tennis Association has negotiated with the government to include players and staff under its umbrella. In case of positive contact, they are continuously assessed, not excluded from participation in competitions or training.
The Viking Open in Nottingham kicked off qualifying on Saturday, with the women’s main draw on Sunday and the men’s Challenger on Monday.
The tournaments took a hit when Venus Williams withdrew, following the same move by Andy Murray, who still plans to play at Queen’s Club.
Jo Konta leads the pack and leads the British challenge, while Dan Evans heads the men’s field and has opted to take part after his early departure from Roland Garros, whose one-week delay means it will clash.
Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams has withdrawn from the Nottingham Open
This will be the UK’s first high-level lawn tennis since July 2019, with an all-British first-round clash between Harriet Dart and promising teenager Emma Raducanu.
The ATP Mercedes Cup will also take place in Stuttgart next week, where Nick Kyrgios will play his first tournament outside Australia since the start of the pandemic.
While it is highly unlikely that Naomi Osaka will make an appearance 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 her hitting balls back on a court after withdrawing from the Italian Open last month.