5 May 2020 Court in lockdown - more of your photos! If you can't play tennis, framing a fabulous shot of your favourite court is the next best thing. Here is out latest selection For all its difficulties, the lockdown has made us appreciate the little things and admire the way things look this spring. In Edinburgh, for example, Ciara Feeney was unexpectedly pleased by the sight of the Meadows' courts in all their empty but sunlit splendour. "I thought they looked quite magnificent with the sun glare as I walked by on Saturday and thought how I would never have noticed if all was normal as they would have been packed with players on such a sunny day." This week's can of balls is on its way to her for reminding us to notice whatever is looking lovely and do keep your pictures and your stories coming! DERBYSHIRE TENNIS CENTRE, DERBY One of the main venues for the Derby Tennis League, the Derbyshire Tennis Centre (DTC) offers indoor and outdoor courts 5 minutes from the city centre. "I absolutely love playing tennis and I miss it equally but the most important thing is that we are staying safe and protecting each other by not playing at the moment," says Kate Hyl. "I came back to tennis after approximately 17 years of absence and my tennis has improved a lot since I joined DTC in Derby almost 2 years ago. A great team of now-friends are there to help me to advance in my game. I'm looking forward to the day we can all go out and play the best game of TENNIS." ️ THE MEADOWS, EDINBURGH Overlooked by Arthur's Seat and the Crags, the Meadows are the perfect city-centre courts. There are plenty of them (16), they are very accessible, and they are home to the Meadows Tennis League. "I played here all the time when they were open and not too frosty/icy (Edinburgh is not known for it's mild winters!)," says Ciara Feeney. " I've found a good tennis wall to play against for the time being but can't wait until they're open again. I thought they looked quite magnificent with the sun glare as I walked by on Saturday and thought how I would never have noticed if all was normal as they would have been packed with players on such a sunny day." ST BUDEAUX TENNIS CLUB, PLYMOUTH, DEVON "This is my daughter Beth Groves looking longingly at St Budeaux Tennis Club courts in Plymouth, Devon," says Sarah Groves. "She misses working with the youngsters. She was lucky that she completed her Level 1 coaching course at the start of April 2020 before the lockdown started. On the Facebook page of St Budeaux Tennis Club you will see that she is setting the kids challenges and is doing exercise videos. It shows them how to do ladder runs, shadow hitting and she was practising the other day by getting my husband to throw water balloons and she was hitting them! All the other junior coaches are also doing their best to get the kids active. There is a video from all of them where coach Ricky does a trick shot and says a few words and then "passes" the ball to the next junior coach. It used some clever connecting of videos and is really good." St Budeaux Tennis Club has been a very good friend to the Plymouth Tennis League, so many thanks for the catch up and great to see how everyone is keeping up their skills ready for life after lockdown. HIGHBURY FIELDS, ISLINGTON, LONDON Home to the very first Local Tennis League in 2005, we have featured these north London courts before, but John Durante's plea was so empassioned, we thought we would show them again. "Surely we can play singles on empty courts with social distancing," he argues. "Release the padlock and set us free to play the game we love!" ISLINGTON TENNIS CENTRE, LONDON A short hop from Highbury Fields, is the Islington Tennis Centre (ITC). Primarily an indoor centre it has 6 courts which benefitted from an £800,000 facelift last year. But what is often forgotten is that there are also two outdoor, floodlight courts here too. They are overlooked by the impressive grade II-listed Clock Tower (see below) in Caledonian (Cally) Park which was once home to London's cattle market, reputedly the largest in world. Around it grew an enormous flea market, known as a place where you could buy anything. Whether or not the items were legally bought and sold was of course another question. Now the park is pretty and peaceful, the perfect place for a lockdown walk (or soon) some post-tennis reflection. 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.