HOBOKEN - The City is serving up some good news for tennis lovers, as they announce the reopening of the Michael Chang Tennis Courts at Columbus Park. Through a partnership with Hudson County, County Executive Tom DeGise and Freeholder Anthony Romano, the facilities will be made available to players starting Saturday, May 30—with a number of precautions in place.
"This is an activity that has natural social distancing and one I believe can be enjoyed responsibly," said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. "We are opening the courts to singles play only, with the exception for members of the same family or household able to play doubles."
As Hoboken cautiously reactivates its recreational resources, officials underscore the importance of respecting the space of others.
"When traveling to the courts, walking through Columbus Park and waiting for a court, please wear a face mask and remain six feet away from others at all times," says Bhalla.
Regarding protocols on the court, the following precautions have been recommended by the United States Tennis Association (USTA):
- Use two cans of tennis balls that don’t have the same number on the ball, and assign one set of tennis balls to one partner and the other set to the other.
- Proceed with play, making sure to pick up your set of numbered balls only. Should a ball with the other number wind up on your side of the court, do not touch the ball with your hands. Use your racquet head or feet to advance the ball to the other side of the court.
Other precautions should be taken, including:
- Avoid touching your face after handling a ball, racquet or other equipment. Wash your hands promptly if you have touched your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Avoid sharing food, drinks or towels.
- Use your racquet/foot to pick up balls and hit them to your opponent. Avoid using your hands to pick up the balls.
- Maintain physical distancing if changing ends of the court.
- Remain apart from other players when taking a break.
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