Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Comp. paused

New date dependent on new rules details

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Changes to the NSW roadmap out of COVID-19 lockdown have further impeded on the Deniliquin Lawn Tennis Club’s plan to start its Twilight Tennis competitio­n.

Club president Clive Gow said before the changes, the club was confident players could compete regardless of whether they had only one or both vaccine doses.

He said with new changes announced last week and coming in to effect yesterday, the rules regarding vaccines must be investigat­ed more.

Gow said delaying the start of the competitio­n further was the most appropriat­e course of action to take.

‘‘We have 85 players nominated, but the start date is now on hold until we can look at the new COVID-19 roadmap rules in more details.

‘‘Captains will be in touch with their team members once we know more.’’

The Deniliquin Lawn Tennis Club’s Twilight Tennis competitio­n was originally expected to start tomorrow, and was last week pushed back a week because of changes to the COVID-19 rules.

Nomination­s for the twilight comp closed on Saturday, and all players have been graded accordingl­y.

One the season starts, team members will play in pairs on a rotation, with match-ups determined based on the skills levels of players.

Matches are first to six, with tie breaks at 5-all.

Let cords are in play and the point after deuce decides the game.

This is called fast format tennis. Teams will have more players than required each week, so there is no pressure to be available every Wednesday. Just inform your captain when you are unavailabl­e.

Gow said the committee could see, some years back, that midweek tennis was the preferred choice of many players.

‘‘Players wanted to play their tennis, and get home at a reasonable time,’’ he said.

‘‘With the twilight competitio­n, players are finished by 8pm.

‘‘The new lights on four courts means that any late matches can still be completed under lights.

‘‘And the new hard courts give players a choice of which type of surface they want to play on.’’

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