Tennis activities continue with COVID precautions

Ava Pierre playing in the latest junior tournament at the Cayman Islands Tennis Club. - Photo: Seaford Russell Jr

The Tennis Federation of the Cayman Islands is continuing operations as normal despite the outbreak of COVID-19 in the community, according to head coach Tariq Jacob.

The federation held its most recent tournament at the Cayman Islands Tennis Club on 9-10 Oct., with more than 20 junior players participating.

“So far, we haven’t had a slowdown because of COVID, knock on wood,” Jacob told the Cayman Compass. “All these kids are playing tournaments. We have our morning practice and now they have round robin matches… We have under 10, under 12, under 14 and under 18.”

Many sports associations have recently postponed or cancelled competitions to keep in line with Cayman’s latest COVID regulations which include restrictions on public gatherings to 250 people outdoors and 100 indoors. However, according to Jacob, the federation has not exceeded these numbers and continues to take precautions.

“At this point, we do have masks and sanitisers all over but since it is not mandatory for everyone to wear masks, especially on the courts, which we can’t because they are playing sports and [in tennis] there is already enough distance between people because it isn’t a contact sport like rugby or football,” he said.

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According to Jacob, even though children under 12 years old are currently unable to receive the Pfizer vaccine, parents have decided to keep their kids active in sports.

“As of now, we have all the kids coming,” he said. “We’re going to finish our term next week which we started six weeks ago, and we are already full for the next term. So, I don’t see any parents slowing down in regard to signing up their kids.”

The newest COVID-19 regulations are scheduled to expire on 22 Nov. but may be amended before that date, according to government.

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