Mid-Atlantic COVID-19 Update
This page is for official updates from USTA Mid-Atlantic on the impact of COVID-19.
Frequently asked questions about specific events during COVID-19:
As of June 1, 2020
The Mid-Atlantic region continues to progress through phased reopening and with the suspension of USTA Sanction products and events lifted, it means more opportunity to safely return to tennis in our Section. However, this process continues to be very complex and requires adherence to health and safety guidelines at many levels.
As we begin to cautiously return to tennis, USTA Mid-Atlantic reminds players to stay safe and we encourage you to review and follow the tips and recommendations from USTA for playing tennis safely. In addition, USTA Mid-Atlantic will also provide more detailed required and recommended guidelines for safely returning to tennis for organized tennis programs in the Section.
This update provides details for a return to organized tennis programs for adults in the Mid-Atlantic Section, including USTA Mid-Atlantic Leagues, Tournaments, and Social Tennis. This update also includes information on the status of Section League Championship events. The FAQs listed above are also updated with information to help you.
USTA Leagues in the Mid-Atlantic
As announced by USTA, the 2020 National League Championships are cancelled.
For National Championship FAQs, please click here.
The 2021 Mixed 55 & Over National Invitational has been postponed until 2022.
The Adult 65 National Invitational is under review by USTA and the Invitational organizers will keep players updated.
USTA Mid-Atlantic will make the best effort to host the following 2020 Section League Championships:
Virginia & Maryland Adult 18 & Over Regionals (Fall 2020)
Virginia & Maryland Mixed 18 & Over Regionals (Fall 2020)
Virginia Singles Regionals (2021)
Virginia & Maryland Combo Mixed Regionals (2021)
Tri-Level Sectionals (2021)
These events will actively be monitored and will be required to adhere to state and local health and safety guidelines.
USTA Mid-Atlantic has made the difficult decision to cancel the following 2020 League Championships:
Adult 18 & Over Sectionals
Mixed 18 & Over Sectionals
Adult 40 & Over Sectionals
Mixed 40 & Over Sectionals
Adult 55 & Over Sectionals
Mixed 55 & Over Sectionals
Adult 65 & Over Sectionals
Virginia & Maryland Combo Regionals
Virginia & Maryland Adult 40 & Over Regionals
Virginia & Maryland Mixed 40 & Over Regionals
2019 Virginia Singles Regionals (previously cancelled)
2019 Maryland Combo Mixed Regionals (previously cancelled)
At the Local League Level, all-league options are available to be run by Local League Ambassadors. USTA Mid-Atlantic has provided Local League Ambassadors a set of required opening criteria that must be met to resume league play and we are working with them to assess their status. Please note that league type, league formats, and league start-dates will vary area to area.
The USTA Mid-Atlantic League Committee has approved temporary leniency to some of the USTA League rules for the remainder of the 2020 calendar year. They can be viewed here. Additionally, regulations are under review by the committee, and updates will be posted here.
Additional information can be found on the USTA Mid-Atlantic FAQ’s.
As announced by USTA on May 15 all Category 1 and Super Category 2 National Adult Tournaments with an ITF status; all Adults Category 2 and Category 3 tournaments; and all Wheelchair L1 - L3 events will align with the same calendar as the ITF and be suspended through July 31, 2020. The ATP has also suspended events through July 31, while the WTA has suspended select events in July. Please click here for more details.
Due to the variance of restrictions across our region, it is our intention to roll out a phased return to competitive play.
The USTA Mid Atlantic Section will not offer any USTA Adult or Junior tournaments before July 1, at the earliest.
Starting after July 1, we plan to begin with competitive opportunities that are not considered for rankings followed by a target to return to ranked events in mid-July.
2020 NTRP National Championships: As the USTA considers our sanctioned play calendar for the remainder of 2020, they want to hear from you in order to best consider your plans for returning to the courts. Please complete the following survey as best as you can as it relates to the potential rescheduling of the 2020 USTA NTRP National Championships. USTA hopes to have a decision made by mid-June.
Currently, we still plan to run the MAS Fall 18 & Over NTRP Championship in September AND the MAS Fall 50 & Over NTRP Championship in October. We will continue to monitor these events and provide any updates as available. The winners of each Championship will automatically qualify for the 18+ NTRP National Championship or the 50+ NTRP National Championship.
USTA MAS Adult Clay Court Championship originally scheduled on June 19, 2020, in College Park, Md., has been cancelled.
USTA MAS NTRP Championship originally scheduled on July 3, 2020, in College Park, Md., has been cancelled.
For additional information on tournaments please refer to the USTA Mid-Atlantic FAQs.
We have Adult Social program registration opening as early as June 1, 2020, with expected start dates in mid-June. These offerings are a combination of traditional USTA Flex League, as well as Adult Social Leagues that follow a similar flexible format. Flex formats allow for players to have the ultimate flexibility on where and when they complete their matches. To find an opportunity to play near you, click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information or questions contact email@example.com.
Watch a video message from our USTA Mid-Atlantic adult department to our tennis community below:
As of May 26, 2020
Today, USTA recognized the differing timing around the country for local areas to reopen and announced that as of June 1, 2020, the suspension of USTA Sanctioned products and events will be at the discretion of the USTA Sections and local health authorities. Please read the complete update available here.
While the suspension for USTA programs and events is still in place nationwide until May 31, USTA Mid-Atlantic is planning for a return to organized tennis once the suspension concludes and as local areas reopen. We recognize that the reopening is a phased and varied approach within our Section due to the complexity of the coronavirus.
We’ve begun to release information on the return to play with more updates planned.
An update on the return to tennis for youth in the Mid-Atlantic Section is available here.
More information on tennis programs for adults will be published to this page soon with details on plans and timing for returning to organized play in the Mid-Atlantic.
We believe in the power of tennis to help all people physically, emotionally, and socially - especially during this time of crisis - and encourage everyone to thoroughly review and follow the tips provided from USTA for playing tennis safely as courts begin to reopen.
Tennis will be part of the recovery process in the Mid-Atlantic and we look forward to a return to the sport we all love playing! In the meantime, learn more about the USTA Mid-Atlantic’s #ServeItForward campaign to support tennis and ways you can be involved.
As of May 7, 2020
USTA Mid-Atlantic is aware of the recent amendment to the stay-at-home orders by Gov. Larry Hogan which broadens the list of safe outdoor activities to include tennis, starting today. This is an exciting advancement for Marylanders. USTA Mid-Atlantic wants to remind players to stay safe and we encourage you to review the tips and recommendations from USTA for playing tennis safely. Tennis providers and facilities can also find information for safely returning to tennis from the USTA.
We reiterate that USTA sanctioned play and events are still suspended until May 31 in the Mid-Atlantic Section. We look forward to providing an update soon with more details on the plans for a return to tennis play in the Section. We hope our entire tennis community continues to stay safe and we encourage you to check out all the ways you can stay connected to tennis with us, including virtual events and interactive opportunities!
AS OF APRIL 13, 2020; 2:45 p.m.:
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 through May 31. This includes Adult and Junior Tournaments, USTA League, USTA Junior Team Tennis, USTA Social Leagues, Team Challenge, Team Tournaments, USTA Schools programs, Tennis on Campus, and Wheelchair events.
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 31. View the official statement from USTA here.
This means that these events and programs are suspended in the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section through May 31.
It is important to know that this latest USTA statement has specific updates - including cancellation information - for certain USTA programs and services. You should review the statement closely for updates on:
High level tournaments, national level tournaments, and Pro Circuit events
Status of the National Standings Lists (NSL) for Adult, Junior and Wheelchair play
2020 National Championships for USTA League, USTA Junior Team Tennis and USTA Intersectional Team Championships
We cannot stress enough the importance of keeping our entire tennis community safe and healthy at this time. USTA Mid-Atlantic Section staff are continually scenario-planning to ensure that when we do return to tennis play you have the best experience possible.
There are a variety of resources available to you right now to help you stay informed, keep you active while home, and help those in the industry. We encourage you to:
Review our FAQs linked above as well as FAQs from USTA available here.
Follow USTA Mid-Atlantic on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for video activities every Tuesday and Thursday, uplifting stories from our tennis community, as well as special LIVE events to keep you active and engaged with tennis while staying home.
Review the hub of resources for those impacted by COVID-19 being made available by the Tennis Industry United.
We hope everyone continues to stay healthy and safe.
AS OF MARCH 31, 2020; 1:00 p.m.:
A Message from USTA Mid-Atlantic President Don Paitrick, and Chief Executive Officer Tara Fitzpatrick-Navarro
Dear Mid-Atlantic Tennis Community,
We know this is a really hard time, and that everyone is feeling the effects of the global coronavirus pandemic in so many aspects of our lives. Like you, we are eagerly awaiting the day when we can all get out on the tennis court and play the game we love.
On behalf of the USTA Mid-Atlantic Board of Directors and Section staff, we want you to know that we are intensely focused on you and making sure that our tennis community can quickly get back to playing, competing and having fun through the sport following the suspension of play. Our players are at the forefront of everything we do as we navigate through this evolving situation and your health, safety and viability is a priority.
The Board and Section staff are working in close coordination with USTA as part of a strong and cohesive national organization while ensuring the Section is well-represented and heard. The Section staff is actively working during this time to assess and identify ways to ensure that when we do emerge from this crisis, your tennis experience is the best as possible.
As a non-profit organization, our hearts are heavy that our work introducing tennis to more people, especially children, is on hold. What gives us hope is knowing that the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section is strong, and our mission to grow tennis will be more important than ever when we get past this difficult time.
In all the uncertainty one thing is for sure, the Mid-Atlantic tennis community is full of incredible people and we will all get through this together even though we are apart. One tremendous opportunity is a hub of helpful resources now available on USTA.com. We encourage you to check here often for the latest information. Also, the USTA Mid-Atlantic social media channels are great for staying connected to your tennis friends and even for some tennis laughs, so make sure you are following along and joining in the fun.
We are thinking of you and hope that you are all staying healthy. We wish you well as you care for yourself and your families.
Don Paitrick, USTA Mid-Atlantic President
Tara Fitzpatrick-Navarro, USTA Mid-Atlantic Chief Executive Officer
AS OF MARCH 23, 2020; 3:00 p.m.:
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. View the official statement from USTA here.
This means that these events and programs are suspended in the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section. We know that for you and our tennis community in the region, this is a very difficult time and hearing this news adds to the already stressful situation we are all facing. USTA Mid-Atlantic continues to keep the health and safety of our tennis community our top priority and it is important that we all do our part to help combat and slow the coronavirus.
We are maintaining our communications with national and local partners, providers and players to gauge the impact that this situation is having on our region and USTA Mid-Atlantic Section staff are working diligently to identify ways to mitigate issues, as best as possible, with the information available to us and keeping in mind the evolving nature of the situation.
It is our hope that you are all staying healthy, following the recommended CDC guidelines and again, we encourage everyone to please do your part by washing your hands, practicing social distancing and following other prevention tips from the CDC.
Please note, USTA has determined that 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.
Again, thank you for your understanding as we work through this unprecedented situation. If you have immediate questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AS OF MARCH 13, 2020; 12:30 p.m.:
Due to the heightened concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus, effective immediately, the USTA will suspend all USTA sanctioned products and events, including Adult and Junior Tournaments, League Tennis, Junior Team Tennis, Team Challenge, Team Tournaments, USTA Schools programs, Tennis on Campus, Wheelchair Events and USTA Pro Circuit Events. The health and safety of all players, staff, fans and volunteers are the foremost concern. This suspension is in effect through April 20. This means that these events and programs are suspended in the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section. Please view the official statement from USTA here.
The USTA’s goal will be to reschedule events where possible following this suspension period. 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 April 20.
USTA Mid-Atlantic Section has been and continues to work closely with local and national partners to continually monitor the ever-evolving situation associated with the COVID-19 virus and the impact it is having in our region. The health and safety of our tennis community is, and will continue to be, our top priority.
We are encouraging everyone to stay up to date on credible information from resources such as the CDC and local health agencies. We encourage individuals to follow the best practices recommended by the CDC to keep yourself and others healthy.
As a reminder, here are things you can do to help:
Most importantly, stay home if you are sick.
Wash your hands with soap and water frequently for at least 20 seconds or longer, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Avoid close contact (e.g., hand-shaking, hugging, kissing) and avoid sharing food, drinks or towels with people, especially with people and animals who are sick;
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
As we continue to monitor the situation and its impact, we will provide updates on this page.
Again, we are carefully and thoroughly evaluating the impact this is having and your health and safety is a priority. Our hearts go out to those impacted in our region and beyond.
Thank you for your understanding as we work through this unprecedented situation. If you have immediate questions, please email email@example.com.
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