3 April 2020 Court on camera - Coronavirus walks Last week we suggested you use some of your permitted exercise time to check up on you local courts and send us a pic. Here are some of the images you sent and we hope you will be sending us more! Ideally, tennis courts should be full of activity, but even without players and in isolation, many of the courts our players use are beautiful. London parks features mostly in the pictures sent so far, so we are hoping for some pictures from elsewhere this week. We like to use a picture of the courts and the home page of each league and we still have several looking for pictures including Fleet, Frome, Winchester, Basingstoke and Bracknell so do get snapping. If they are suitable and you give us permission, we will use them on the website. No promises, but we'll also be sending out a few special prizes too. This week, randomly selected, Bradley Horrocks gets a tube of Head Team balls! Parliament Hill, Hampstead, North London The courts at Parliament Hill, Hampstead, London by Markus Babra above ("Hopefully we'll be back playing on them soon!") and below by Jane McKay: "Courts have been beautifully refinished!" Lee Valley Tennis Centre, West London "Keep well, keep your distance, keep your hands clean!" says Kurt Willims who took this safety-first selfie at the courts built for the 2012 London Olympics. Bradford Street, Farnworth, Bolton "There are 4 courts tucked away in a tiny park (Bradford Street, Farnworth, Bolton), can't even remember how I found them now," says Bradley Horrocks who took this evocative photo. "They are not perfect, there's a downward slope on both ends and the metal nets are perfectly horizontal, tough for serving! Still, I have fond memories of the courts - the court pictured is where I played a league match and met someone who I've probably played around 100 matches with since!" Sounds perfect to us and we love the metal nets. Waterlow Park, north London "This is where I sustained my knee injury last summer which I am still not completely recovered from," says Valerie Doulton who took this lovely picture. Not that she has any complaints about tennis... "It's hard for me to express what my love of tennis has meant to me all my life practically, having started to play at about 8 years old. It has been a complete joy to meet and play tennis with people in the league, and everyone has been so generous about me not running as fast as I used to be able to! It's been a lot of fun thanks and hugely enjoyable. Stay Safe in our current situation." Thank you Val, hope to meet you on court sometime! Clissold Park, Hackney, North-east London Clissold Park in Hackney, north-east London. "So many league matches are played in this great brilliantly-run park tennis centre, even though it doesn't have a Local Tennis League of its own. One day perhaps!" says LTL's Nigel who passed by on his morning walk. "I think the hi-vis worker was helping with social distancing, but it's not bad doubles advice for us tennis players." Keep the pictures coming, BUT DO FOLLOW THIS GUIDANCE... Do not go outside if you are self-isolating or have Coronavirus symptoms Do not make an unnecessary trip to your courts just to take a picture. In many countries, neighbourhood walks are limited to a 1km distance from your home and we recommend this precaution. Do not touch gates, handles or other fixtures and fittings and do not go on the courts themselves. Do not take your racket or other tennis equipment. Do not linger - shoot and keep going on your way! Do not ask others to use your camera or phone. At all times, employ the recommended 2 meter social distancing from other people you may meet. Turn round and go another way if the park is too busy Do not include any children in the pictures (unless they are your own and you are happy for us to publish them in which case please make that clear when you send them). Send your pictures (high res please), to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please tell us the name and location of the courts and add a note giving us permission to add them to the website. If we get a lot of nice submissions we'll award a prize to the best! But remember... Only do this if it is safe for you and others. Do not make any long or unnecessary trips. We love tennis and we want to it to start again as soon as possible and we want you and everyone else to be safe and well to play.