I've been watching my neighborhood tennis courts come back to life this week, and it makes me so happy to see. Grab a couple tennis rackets, a Sharpie, some balls, and your favorite child to hit the balls back and forth.
Tips for socially distanced tennis playing
With recreational activities in short supply, be prepared to wait for a while to play. Try to wait six feet away from other playing groups.
- Bring your own equipment (tennis racket, balls).
- Bring your own safety stuff (hand sanitizer, mask for to and from).
- Play with members of your own household group.
- Use a Sharpie to put a symbol or initial on your tennis balls to keep track of them.
- Reservations are recommended at some local courts.
- Don't touch other player's tennis balls with your hands (the rule is “You can kick their balls, but don't touch them” tee hee).
Where to play tennis in the East Bay
- Albany tennis courts reopened as of this week, too. Find more info.
- Piedmont tennis courts opened today, May 22. Find all the details.
- Almost all Berkeley tennis courts are open as of this week. Find the details including number of courts and whether there are lights for evening play.
- Alameda tennis courts are mostly open. Check the city's website for final info.
- El Cerrito tennis courts are open with restrictions. Find more details.
- Kensington tennis courts are reportedly open.