Tennis Safety & COVID-19 Updates
USTA Recommendations for Returning to Play
For the latest updates and FAQ from the USTA national office, click here.
Midwest Section Updates
Junior Tournaments: Return to Play
As of June 1, 2020, the USTA suspension of play was lifted and junior tournaments could resume. The
USTA/Midwest Section is looking to bring players back to the court in the safest way possible.
Click here to view the Midwest plan to return to tournament play and resume rankings.
Return to Play Update: May 26, 2020
The USTA recognizes that the coronavirus has been affecting different parts of the country in different ways and with different timing. Because of that, it will be possible for people to return to playing tennis safely in some cities and states sooner than in others. See the latest update from USTA National on returning to play here.
Beginning June 1, the suspension of USTA play in the Midwest will now be at the discretion of the District and local health authorities as to how they are comfortable approaching returning to play. Previous event suspensions and cancellations are still in place.
Midwest Closed Moved to November 7-9, 2020
Click here for an update on the Midwest Closed from the USTA/Midwest Section Junior Competition Committee and Junior Tennis Staff.
The USTA National Level 3 (Midwest Closed) has moved to November 7-9, 2020, and will be combined with the Fall Closed. Due to all of the changes in play nationwide, the USTA/Midwest Section is allowed to host only one National Level 3 this year. Since this event will be moved inside, the draw size will be 64. The player selection for the event will be in this order: top 34 players from the Midwest Standing list, top 17 players from UTR and 13 players from the districts (each district will receive one wildcard for this event). Players will have to be age eligible as of November. Rankings allow for points, so unfortunately it doesn't work to allow for overage players to play.
The following events have been cancelled for 2020:
- USTA/Midwest Section Junior Team Tennis Championships
- USTA/Midwest Section and State Adult League Championships (Adult 18&O, 40&O and 55&O, 65&O Invitational, Tri-Level Invitational, Mixed 18&O and 40&O)
- USTA/Midwest Section District Qualifiers
May 8, 2020
We understand the passion surrounding getting back on the court as we feel it too. USTA Midwest has mailed and emailed a letter along with the USTA Safety Guidelines to the Governors in each Midwest state.
We intend to equip the decision-makers at the state and local levels with the information they need to open tennis courts and facilities when it is safe to do so in each state.
March 5, 2020
To all of our players, coaches, facility owners and friends across the Midwest, we’re here for you.
Whether on court or off, your health and safety is always our top priority. We remain committed to fostering a spirit of unity and connection through this time that is keeping us apart.
Decisions by the USTA and the USTA/Midwest Section continue to be made with every consideration to the safety of our players, staff, volunteers and all of the workers behind the scenes. These decisions are not made lightly, and we appreciate your understanding of the challenges we have collectively faced.
We continue to remain in constant communication with the USTA national office because of the fluid nature of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Our staff is working diligently to plan for our future success back on the court. We have been – and will remain – transparent about the next steps moving forward for our programs and events. Updates from the USTA and the USTA/Midwest Section will continue to be posted on this page.
To stay connected during this time, please submit your questions, comments or concerns by filling out our easy form here. Submissions will be sent directly to a staff member that can help.
Play may be suspended, but the USTA/Midwest Section remains committed to fostering a spirit of connection for our players and friends. Let’s look after each other, our families and Midwest team around us.
With our deepest support,
Paul Farah, USTA/Midwest Section President
Mark Saunders, USTA/Midwest Section Chief Executive Officer