Cary Park Torquay reopens for tennis

Tennis at Cary Park in Babbacombe

Tennis at Cary Park in Babbacombe - Credit: Archant

In line with Government guidelines allowing tennis to be played, Cary Park Tennis Club in Babbacombe opened its doors to members on Saturday - and, as you can see from our picture, it's a game that could have been specially designed for social distancing.

There was a lot of pent-up demand and over the weekend, many of the courts were booked.

A club spokesman said: 'The committee took a great deal of time and effort ensuring the safety of our members with such things as hand sanitiser, and notices telling people the dos and don'ts of playing.'

He added: 'In line with Government policy, we are only allowed to play singles but we have set aside a time every day when family groups can play together – and they're allowed to play either singles or doubles.

'It's a bit hard on some of our older members for whom singles is a bit tiring but hopefully we'll be back to normal as soon as it is safe.'

The courts will not be open to the public until such time as the committee has been able to evaluate the demand and assess the safety risks with the benefit of experience over the next few weeks.

The club spokesman said: 'We are very proud of the fact that the courts at Cary Park have been available for public play for more than 100 years.

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'And we hope it won't be too long before we can open our doors to them again, not just for tennis, but also for 18-hole putting, table tennis and spectating and refreshments.'