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Manhattan Beach to Re-Open Tennis, Paddleball, and Pickleball

May 16, 2020 11:27PM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Manhattan Beach is preparing to re-open its public tennis, paddleball and pickleball courts this Friday, May 22.

The courts will open at 7:00 a.m. on Friday for singles play only, and with modified hours and restrictions for public access.

To reduce crowding at the courts and provide a streamlined process for users to secure a public court, online reservations will be available at This on-line reservation system will be available for users three days prior to the requested court time, beginning Tuesday, May 19 at 7:00 a.m.

“I am pleased the city is able to re-open the courts at Live Oak Park and Manhattan Heights Park for use," said Manhattan Beach Mayor Richard Montgomery in a statement. "Tennis, paddleball, and pickleball are unique sports that allow players to practice social distancing while enjoying the benefits of staying healthy and active outdoors. As a general reminder, please be responsible and adhere to the new protocols in place."

New Restrictions in Place

Guidelines in accordance with L.A. County’s re-opening protocols for play, modified hours, personal health and safety requirements are listed on the city’s website at

In addition to being open for singles play only, the new restrictions include the following: 

  • Reservations will be for 50 minutes to allow plenty of time for players to vacate before the next reservation arrives;
  • Players may reserve a maximum of 1 - one hour reservation per day;
  • Players should arrive no more than ten minutes prior to their reservation time;
  • Players should check in to the office upon arrival;
  • Players should bring their own water and hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes to wash hands frequently;
  • No equipment is to be shared between players;
  • Each player will bring their own tennis balls and racquet to play with;
  • Players will only serve and touch their own tennis balls;
  • When another player’s ball needs to be returned to them, it will be rolled or hit to them with a racquet, without touching the ball in any way, a historical common practice;
  • Each player will mark their balls with clear and unique markings;
  • At no time will any player need to touch or hold another player’s tennis balls;
  • Players are encouraged to not switch ends while playing. If switching does take place, then cross over on the opposite sides of the court;
  • Players are asked to leave the facility immediately after play with no congregating;
  • Modifications to existing reservations may be adjusted up to 2 hours prior to the scheduled reservation time; and
  • No lessons permitted.
Players will be required to wash their hands prior to arrival, and upon leaving the facility. All players are encouraged to wear a face mask around the facility, but wearing during play is optional.

The city will continue to monitor and evaluate the conduct and behavior of players, their willingness to exhibit safe practices, and COVID-19 coronavirus trends in the community. The city may adjust openings and closures based on such information.

City officials are in discussions with the Manhattan Beach Unified School District about re-opening Mira Costa High School tennis courts for reservations.

For questions regarding court reservations or for more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (310) 802-5448.

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