It’s with great reluctance and a heavy heart that I have to advise you that this season’s Ladies Tennis League will have to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. We have held back as long as we could regarding making this decision in the hope that the situation may change, but things now look more serious so we have no option but to cancel the season. If restrictions were relaxed in the coming months, it may be possible for teams to play friendly matches and the league would encourage this if government and LTA guidelines permit it.
I realise that tennis is much more than just a competitive sport to many of us, a chance for social interaction and fitness for us, physically and mentally. I’m sure we will all miss it greatly. Though in the grand scheme of things, I do appreciate that many people will have more serious issues regarding financial, physical and mental health issues to deal with in the coming months caused by this situation. I urge you all to keep in touch and support each other at the moment.
Regarding the fees that we collected at the AGM, I would suggest that the League retains them and we make no charge for League membership next season. This will avoid the complex issue of trying to refund everyone, though if anyone is not comfortable with this, please drop me a line. I realise that match play is a massive part of everyone’s club membership, and losing this may make people consider whether or not to join up and pay membership fees to their club. I would urge you to please do so, if you are not suffering financial hardship due to the current situation. Membership fees are the lifeblood of most clubs; despite not having matches to play this season, hopefully you will get the benefit of social tournaments, the use of your courts for group play and club sessions in the not too distant future, and you’ll know that you are contributing to the sustainability of your club.
I’m sorry this message is so serious and downbeat, but I guess that reflects the situation at the moment. As I said, please do keep in contact and support each other in the coming months. If anyone wants to drop me a line about any tennis issues, or indeed anything at all, please do so.
We will post any changes or updates to the situation on the website.
In the meantime, please all take care and stay safe.