New fixture, COVID-19 rules and a new team at SP Tennis

Season's back: Southern Ports Tennis will run its second round this week, with the inaugural Naracoorte/Lucindale junior tennis competition commencing on Saturday as well.
Season's back: Southern Ports Tennis will run its second round this week, with the inaugural Naracoorte/Lucindale junior tennis competition commencing on Saturday as well.

Southern Ports Tennis returned on Saturday, with the association changing its fixture to an 18 round season and adding a new local team to the list.

With the field days being cancelled next year, the association has organised its final series to take place close to the date - the Grand Final taking place on the weekend the field days would be, with the teams going head to head on March 20.

Each of the teams in the league will play each other twice in an extended home and away season, with each club having two byes each.

Southern Ports Tennis has also welcomed a new team into the league this season, with a Frances-Naracoorte team joining the competition, bringing the number of clubs to a total of 9 within the 2020/2021 fixture.

Secretary of the Lucindale Tennis Club Eliza Handbury spoke to the Herald about the COVID-19 social distancing restrictions players and spectators will need to abide by during the season.

"Each of the clubs have agreed to follow COVID-19 social distancing guidelines provided by Tennis SA," Ms Handbury said.

"There will be changes with how we serve afternoon tea, and ensuring all teams have a COVID marshall when they are the home team as the hosts.

Every club must have a COVID marshall at its venue while they are hosting as the home team, with a COVID register also being kept of the players and spectators.

"We will have a register of all the players at each club," Ms Handbury finished. "All spectators will be asked to sign their name at a register as they arrive."

The Southern Ports league will play run its second round for the season on Saturday, with the inaugural Naracoorte/Lucindale junior tennis competition beginning their season this weekend as well.

Lucindale Hotshots is run on Monday afternoons, with 48 children on the register.