Tennis enthusiasts return to courts after long break

Fadhil Yunus

The inclusion of tennis as part of sports categorised under single matches was well received by the public with enthusiasts slowly returning to the courts.

The decision to include tennis has ushered the return of enthusiasts with at least 12 players registered to confirm their attendance at the National Tennis Centre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex yesterday.

Tennis is listed as one of the sports allowed at outdoor sports facilities alongside lawn bowls, petanque and archery while indoor sports facilities feature badminton, squash, table tennis and cue sports.

In adhering to social distancing measures, players arrived at staggered times and only encountered their opponents at the allocated court.

Players also used their own rackets as sharing of sports equipment is not allowed as part of the guidelines set by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS).

A tennis enthusiast plays at the National Tennis Centre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

Users of the facilities are also required to fill in details such as identity card and contact numbers as well as to write down entry and exit times. They must also scan their QR code through their BruHealth application upon entering and exiting the premises.

During one of the recreational matches, a tennis player said that it had been a long time since he last played following the lengthy break.

Meanwhile, one tennis court was also utilised at the Brunei Tennis Club amid heightened activity in tennis after a long break due to the widespread closure of sports complexes and facilities.

Double matches are not allowed although capacity has been increased from 30 to 60 per cent as part of the newly introduced second phase of the de-escalation plan, which starts today.

Badminton, ten-pin bowling and archery have also returned with centres opening up as one of the sports categorised under single matches.

Archery resumed its operations for the first time last Friday.