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Post lockdown tennis in Howrah

SUNSHINE Tennis Club members are excited to be back out on the court and hitting the yellow ball again with COVID-19 restrictions on community sport starting to ease.

Players have been able to return to the court, with sessions being restricted to 10 people.

Sunshine Tennis Club committee member Sarah Capes said the lockdown was incredibly challenging for everyone and tennis players were no exception.

“Our members missed the social interaction with players who have become friends over the years,” she said.

“We all just missed tennis and getting out there because most of us play two or three times a week.”

Ms Capes said it was great to see local children enjoying the game with club coaches Dickson Tennis.

“The tennis courts looked lonely and empty without them,” she said.

“The coaches encouraged the kids to stay practising and some of the children found creative ways to practice their tennis at home – I know there was one boy that hit a ball against a garage wall.”

To keep busy during lockdown, club volunteers turned their hands to some socially distanced maintenance.

The club house had its floor stripped back and then painted.

Ms Capes said the kitchen was sparkling clean, with every glass, mug, plate and piece of cutlery washed.

“It probably didn’t keep us as fit as playing tennis, but it proved similarly rewarding,” she said.

“Like every other business and community centre, we have had to implement some COVID-19 operating rules, but we are all enjoying being back on the tennis courts.

For more information, visit www.sunshinetennisclub.org.au.

Caption: From left, Sunshine Tennis Club member Michael Hass and founding member Peter Rodgers.