April 3, 2020
The health and safety of our tennis community is of the utmost importance. All USTA Eastern updates and policies regarding COVID-19 will be posted here. Please continue to check this page and our Facebook page for the latest information. Scroll down past the latest update to see USTA Eastern League updates as well as frequently asked questions regarding refunds and more. USTA National COVID-19 updates are available here.
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*Effective immediately, the USTA has extended its suspension of all sanctioned products and events through May 3.*
USTA Statement on Extension
Due to the continued situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus, and after discussions with the USTA Medical Advisory Committee, effective immediately the USTA will extend the suspension of USTA sanctioned products and events, including Adult and Junior Tournaments, USTA League, Junior Team Tennis, Team Challenge, Team Tournaments, USTA Schools programs, Tennis on Campus and Wheelchair events through May 3. Additionally, recognizing the evolving and fast-changing nature of this situation, the USTA will continue to monitor and assess conditions to make future determinations about events and activities taking place after May 3.
All Category 1 and Super Category 2 National Adult Tournaments with an ITF status, all ITF Junior events, and all USTA Pro Circuit and professional events will align with the same calendar as the ITF, ATP and WTA, and be suspended through June 7.
Both the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., and the USTA National Campus, in the Lake Nona area of Orlando, Fla., will remain closed for play and instructional opportunities through May 3. Any patron who wishes to cancel participation in a scheduled activity should contact the specific location for refund information. These policies will be in effect pending additional guidance or directives from each local governmental agency and the CDC. The USTA will continue to monitor and assess conditions to make future determinations about all activities at these facilities.
USTA Eastern League Updates
The USTA Eastern Tri-Level 4.0, 3.5, 3.0 Sectional scheduled for May 1-3 has been canceled and will not be rescheduled.
The USTA Eastern Mixed 18 & Over 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0, 10.0 Sectional scheduled for May 29-31 has been postponed with a date TBD.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Will I get a tournament refund?
Yes. If the tournament registration has closed, please contact the tournament director to inquire about a refund. Please be patient as refunds are processed as most facilities are closed. Refunds can only be sent via a paper check in the mail, as the system doesn’t allow us to apply a credit to your credit card.
If you have registered for a tournament whose registration has not closed, please follow the instructions to withdraw, by clicking here. This will give you a complete refund (not including the non-refundable Tennislink fee).
2. What if I want a credit into a future event instead?
Tournament directors have the option to offer a credit into a future event as an alternative to a refund. Please speak to the tournament director about this option.
3. Can my 10 & Under youth progression player receive stars for a canceled tournament?
We will not be extending participation stars for events that did not happen. However, you will be able to receive a refund (see Question 1).
4. Will my refund include the Tennislink non-refundable processing fee?
No, that fee is non-refundable and tournament directors cannot refund this charge.
5. Will my expiring membership get extended?
Expiring memberships will not be extended at this time.
6. Can I get a League or Junior Team Tennis refund?
USTA Eastern is in the process of determining a league refund policy.
7. Will the National L4 Empire Cup events in March and April that have been suspended be rescheduled? If so, when?
The April (4/24) L4 Super Six has moved to 5/29-5/31. Most of the locations have confirmed the new date. We are looking into rescheduling the March and April Empire Cup tournament for later in the year. Click here to read up on the “new” L4 tournaments that are in the schedule for 2020.
8. Should I register for tournaments whose start dates are after May 3?
We will continue to be transparent about the next steps moving forward for our programs and events. Updates from the USTA and USTA Eastern will continue to be posted on this page. We have attempted to change as many tournaments as possible to the “tournament director selection process". This means that players won’t be charged an entry fee until after selection is completed, at which point we hope to have made a decision as to whether the suspension period is extended.
9. When will July, August and September tournaments be approved?
We have paused on sanctioning tournaments until after April 19.
10. I am a tournament director. How do I select players for my tournament now that the tournament has been switched over to the TD selection process?
Click here to view an article from the TennisLink Help Center that will walk you through the steps.
11. Will the Mixed 18 & Over League Sectional (scheduled for May 29-31) and the Junior Team Tennis Sectional (scheduled for June 20-21) still be held on their respective dates?
These events will not be played as originally scheduled but will be postponed to a later date TBD.
12. Will the Tri-Level Sectional scheduled for May 1-3 be postponed to a later date after the suspension?
This event is canceled and will NOT be rescheduled.
For more FAQs, please visit the USTA National FAQ page.
General Information (via the CDC):
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Take steps to protect yourself and others:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Stay home if you feel sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.