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Missouri Valley / St. Louis


April 27, 2020

Below are some answers to questions you might have regarding USTA Missouri Valley and USTA St. Louis programs and COVID-19:


1. Now that Adult League and Junior Team Tennis (JTT) Nationals are canceled for 2020, does that mean Adult League Section Championships and JTT Sectional Championships will be canceled as well?


Yes, all USTA Missouri Valley JTT and Adult League Section Championships, including Mixed, will be canceled for 2020. There are no plans to reschedule these events in 2020. Our Adult League and JTT coordinators are busy working on local league and JTT play opportunities once tennis is back open for business. We will concentrate on developing local play that encourages social distancing, competition, fun and of course, tennis.


2. Why are the USTA Missouri Valley Section Championships canceled? 


USTA Missouri Valley has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Section Championships. We understand that this may be very disappointing for our players, but health and safety remain the USTA’s top concerns. With that being said, we are committed to getting our players back on the court as soon as it is deemed safe to do so. Our hope is to offer vibrant local summer leagues. Our coordinators are working diligently to develop innovative play options once tennis is open for business again. Without being confined to national and section dates, we have more flexibility to schedule these leagues right through August. In addition, prioritizing local play will hopefully provide support to local facilities, who have been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


3.  Will there be District League Championships?


Yes. District JTT and League coordinators are working on their plans.


4. Are JTT and adult local leagues that have not completed—or didn’t start yet—canceled?


Our 2020 Adult 18 & Over indoor season will be deemed complete as of play suspension on March 13, 2020. District Championships will be scheduled for August. Teams will be determined by standings from the already completed 1176 matches. Our Adult and Mixed outdoor leagues have not begun and will compete in the summer months once play is allowed. 


The Girls JTT Spring season will become a summer league. All summer leagues seasons will begin once play is allowed.


5. When will the new junior and adult standings be published?


The determination has also been made to suspend the calculation and publication of the National Standings List (NSL) for Adult, Junior and Wheelchair play until further notice. The NSL published on March 18, 2020 will serve as the most current until tournament competition resumes. The junior USTA Missouri Valley standing published on March 12 and the adult standings published on February 28 will serve as the most current until tournament competition resumes.


6. Will my expiring membership get extended?


Expiring memberships will not be extended at this time.


7. Can I get a League or Junior Team Tennis refund?


If you registered for an adult league that did not start, you can wait for the season to begin, or you may receive a refund. Please, contact your coordinator:


The Girls Spring season is canceled and all registered players will receive a refund; they may register for the new Girls Summer season. Please, contact your coordinator:


8. Can I register for tournaments whose start dates are after May 31?


We will continue to be transparent about the next steps moving forward for our programs and events. Updates from the USTA and USTA Missouri Valley 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. 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. 


For more FAQs, please visit the USTA National FAQ page.


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