Summer has finally arrived, and many of us will be looking forward to grabbing our racquets and enjoying a game of tennis. It’s always a good idea to be wary of potential problems with public tennis courts to reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls and unwanted injuries. Here are some common problems with public tennis courts and how to avoid them.
Problems with public tennis courts
When visiting public tennis courts, you may find that there is a greater risk of injury than when you go for a game at a privately run tennis club. This is mainly due to the fact that courts tend to be better maintained at private clubs.
If you’re up for a game this summer, here are some potential problems with tennis courts to try and avoid:
- Uneven playing surfaces: this can increase the risk of slips and trips
- Broken glass
- Damaged equipment, such as frayed netting
- Lack of security: there may be a greater risk of items being stolen from a public tennis court
- Litter and other potential slip and trip hazards
If you’re playing at a public tennis court, you may notice a sign saying that players are responsible for their own possessions and they play the game at their own risk.
In the case that sign is clearly visible, you would not be able to claim public liability compensation if you encounter problems with public tennis courts.
If there is no sign, and the courts are managed by a local authority, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation in the event that you sustain injuries in an accident.
Should you cut yourself after falling on broken paving surrounding the court, for example, you may be able to claim compensation.
What should I do next?
If you’ve been the victim of problems with public tennis courts, you may be thinking about making a claim for no-win, no-fee* compensation.
Compensation is a financial award which is given to people who have sustained injuries or illness as a result of somebody else’s negligence.
If you’ve been injured in a public place and you were not at fault, and your public place accident happened in the last three years, call Accident Advice Helpline. Our friendly advisors are waiting to take your call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.