Long Park Tennis Club has enjoyed a successful season in spite of the COVID-19 virus. Or maybe because of it–after a few months of lockdown, people itching to get outside and enjoy the beautiful summer weather decided tennis was one of their safest choices.
We opened May 19 for all those who were members last season. The club executive decided not to change the gate key to the courts as we do each year and offered free memberships to those who already had a key (2019 members). Not having to register physically avoided issues of contact.
We soon had many requests from people wanting to join the club for the first time or were returning after not having played for a couple of years. We set up a system where they were able to register by e-mail and e-transfer the fees. They picked up their gate keys in an envelope and taped to a screen door. It wasn’t elegant but it avoided contact.
Two excellent certified instructors, Jeff Sadrian and Javier Ruano Valdez, gave more than 250 hours of private and semi-private lessons at the courts to players of all levels and ages. We hope they will be back next summer to work their magic.
The courts will remain open and the nets up until the end of October, weather permitting. Let’s hope we have lots of sunny, warm tennis days until then.
Long Park Tennis Club Executive