Tennis and golf are ready to make a flying start ahead of the reopening of grassroots clubs – with a ‘big spike’ reported in bookings as outdoor and team sport resumes after lockdown
- There is big demand for bookings at tennis courts and golf courses nationwide
- Monday will see the reopening of grassroots clubs in the roadmap’s next stage
- The LTA and England Golf have both now reported a large increase in interest
Tennis court and golf course bookings have gone through the roof ahead of Monday’s reopening of grassroots clubs – with Jo Konta and Eoin Morgan among the sports stars encouraging the nation to get active.
The LTA and England Golf reported a huge spike in demand as outdoor and team sport resumes, having been banned since the start of the year.
British tennis No 1 Konta said: ‘I’m so happy people in England are able to get back on court and enjoy the mental and physical health benefits of tennis. I’d encourage everyone to pick up a racket.’
Golf bookings have gone through the roof as courses get ready to reopen on Monday morning
LTA chief executive Scott Lloyd told Sportsmail: ‘Every tennis player in England has been eagerly awaiting this day.
‘We’ve had reports from clubs, venues and parks across the country of a big spike in demand, but people can still use our online booking system LTA Rally to find a free court.’
Richard Flint, England Golf’s chief operating officer, said: ‘There is a real buzz about courses reopening and once again a huge demand for tee times all over the country.’
Tennis courts will also be packed this week as outdoor grassroots sport returns in England
Goals, the five-a-side football operator, is expecting more than 100,000 players to use their pitches this week.
England’s World Cup-winning cricket captain Morgan said: ‘With summer – and the cricket season – just around the corner, there’s no better time for everyone, young and old, to get back to having fun by getting outdoors, being active and playing sport.’
While outdoor sport returns, gyms, indoor swimming pools and leisure centres must stay shut until April 12.