Indoor Tennis Safety Guidelines - Prospect Park Alliance

Indoor Season Safety Guidelines

Prospect Park Alliance works closely with NYC Parks to operate indoor tennis at the Prospect Park Tennis Center, and to take the appropriate precautions for using our tennis bubbles for indoor play. We take public health concerns very seriously.

According to the Empire State Development Corporation, the entity that regulates indoor tennis, tennis bubbles provide a safer experience than a typical indoor facility. Tennis bubbles have a blower system that constantly draws in fresh air, and a damper system that allows air to escape the bubble. Furthermore, a tennis bubble's height and extensive square footage reduces the potential for community spread as compared to an indoor building. At the Prospect Park Tennis Center, there is a 30-foot-high ceiling and a total area of roughly 30,000 square feet per bubble. With a maximum player capacity of 25 and 30 people for each bubble, each player has roughly 1,000 square feet of space, well above the FEMA requirement of 113 square feet per person in an indoor office setting.

Safety Guidelines

  • Players must wear face coverings while in the clubhouse and when entering and leaving the tennis courts, with the option to remove them while playing tennis, provided that they remain at least six feet apart from any other person.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the Tennis Center.
  • Locker room showers and lockers will be closed.  
  • To reduce the number of individuals inside of the facility, parents and guardians who are bringing their children for tennis lessons or programs will not be allowed into the building. Arrangements should be made to accommodate pick up and drop off at the entrance to the facility.  Exceptions may be made, at Prospect Park Alliance's discretion, for children of a very young age or those children with special needs. 
  • All players and individuals inside the facility must adhere to social distancing and foot-traffic rules set forth by the Tennis Center.
  • The Tennis Center will not rent tennis racquets to players in order to best guard against using shared equipment.
  • Players should remain on their side of the tennis court and avoid changing ends, and remain at least six feet apart from others while taking breaks.
  • Players should refrain from any type of physical contact including handshakes and high fives.
  • Players should avoid sharing towels, food or drinks with others.
  • Players should make every effort to avoid touching nets, gates, fences, or other commonly shared surfaces.
  • Players are encouraged to use their racquet or foot to pick up tennis balls.
  • Although unlikely, it’s possible that a tennis ball can transmit the COVID-19 virus, as virtually any hard surface can potentially transmit the disease. So here is an extra precaution that players may be encouraged to take to keep safe when playing tennis:
    • Open two cans of tennis balls that do not share the same number on the ball. 
    • Take one set of numbered balls, and have your playing partner take a set of balls from the other can.
    • 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.
  • Players should leave the court as soon as reasonably possible after the conclusion of their game/lesson and should immediately use a hand sanitizer and/or wash their hands.
  • Employees and players should wash their hands promptly if they touched their face, following hand-washing guidelines, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • The Tennis Center will adhere to hygiene and cleaning and disinfection requirements as advised by the CDC and Department of Health.