As the 2021 outdoor competitive season concludes, Tennis Alberta wish to provide an update relative to the 2021/2022 indoor competitive structure.
At this stage Tennis Alberta are continuing to work with our partner clubs to ensure a comprehensive number of competitive events are offered throughout the indoor season.
Indoor facilities across the province are working extremely hard to accommodate sanctioned tournaments, however Tennis Alberta are cognizant of the fact clubs are facing considerable court booking requests from their members which does limit the number of sanctioned events that can be added to the provincial tournament calendar at this stage.
In recent days Tennis Alberta has received several questions pertaining to potentially planned Government of Alberta Health advisories and how these may affect the sport of tennis, particularly during the indoor season. Tennis Alberta will continue to work closely with provincial government sport sector staff to ensure our members are well informed and that accurate information is distributed.
At present no specific provincial sport sector advisories/guidance has been issued by health authorities. General direction has however been provided which specifies all individuals 2 years and older are required to wear a face mask at all times in public indoor spaces. Furthermore, participants taking part in physical activities indoors are required to mask before and after the activity but not during, which would include changing rooms and washrooms. Trainers and coaches must wear a mask at all times unless they need to be active to fulfill this role (e.g., hockey/soccer referee). This would also include any support staff and have the same exception as the trainers/coaches.
Please note Tennis Alberta will continue to closely monitor and abide by all government health requirements. We will therefore reserve the right to cancel or make modifications to the provincial competitive structure/tournament calendar if and when we are required to do so in case of government restrictions, or host club policies compel tournaments to be cancelled/rescheduled. We kindly ask our members to refer to the Tennis Alberta homepage and tournament section as additional updates pertaining to the indoor competitive season will be posted on those particular areas of our website.
Thank you to all our members for your continued support of tennis throughout the province. Our sport remains fundamentally strong with participation and viewership records at an all-time high. This is a testament to the strong support base which is very much present at the club and community levels in addition to the continuing success of Canadian Professional players on the world stage.
With kind regards and best wishes,