FAQs regarding Coronavirus and COVID-19
The USTA recognizes that the coronavirus has been affecting different parts of the country in different ways and with different timing. Please follow all local protocols in your city and state. Click on the following links for more information for both players and facilities on playing tennis safely:
The USTA recognizes the evolving and fast-changing nature of this situation and will continue to monitor and assess conditions to make future determinations about events and activities taking place in the future.
The USTA Medical Advisory Committee includes: Dr. Brian Hainline, Chief Medical Officer of the NCAA and USTA Board Member; Dr. Brian Daniels, MD, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., and Medical Director, US Open; Dr. Mark Kovacs, Senior Director of Sports Science and Health, Cleveland Cavaliers; Dr. Bernard Camins, Medical Director for Infection Prevention at Mt. Sinai; Mike Rodriguez, USTA Senior Director and US Open Security.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all USTA programming was suspended for a significant part of 2020 and play has resumed only sporadically, and not in all Sections and Districts. In 2020, 80% of all USTA League Championships (including 100% of USTA League National Championships) have been canceled. These cancellations and other Covid-related prohibitions have resulted in 62% fewer USTA League matches played through August 3, 2020, as compared with August 3, 2019, and have had additional impacts on access to tennis and participation in other USTA programs, including NTRP Tournaments. While the NTRP system remains sound, these facts coupled with thorough deliberation have led the USTA to make the difficult decision not to run or publish year-end NTRP ratings for 2020. However, matches played will continue to calculate toward a player’s rating and will be used in the 2021 year-end rating calculation and publication.
Players will continue to use their most current, valid NTRP rating for play in 2021 USTA Leagues and Tournaments.
If your rating has expired before registering, you will need to self-rate.
Players who were self-rated will retain that self-rating for 2021 play. A player's self-rating is valid for two years.
The DQ process for self-rated and computer rated appealed players will continue to be in effect for 2021, as the players’ matches continue to be part of nightly calculation.
Standard appeals processes will not change.
All appeals that were granted or denied in the 2020 championship year will remain valid for 2021.
If your rating was set to expire in 2020, your rating has expired. As with any expired rating, you will need to self-rate in order to play after expiration.
Yes. Strikes earned in 2020 will carry over and continue to accumulate through 2021.
Yes, players that had at least 3 matches during 2020 and have generated at least 3 dynamic ratings may contact their Section to request a review. The Section will review player details and send eligible players to National for review and processing. It is important to note that players who are eligible and receive an appeal of their rating will have an A rating type and will therefore be subject to Dynamic Disqualification or Promotion. The eligibility guidelines for Appeals are proprietary, objective, and will be applied to all players submitting such Appeal requests.
- Not holding Junior Team Tennis Nationals this year may provide more local play opportunities for the fall, and it has become increasingly apparent that we need to support the local facilities that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and prioritize local play.
- National Championships require a number of date deadlines for play at the section level and below, and it became increasingly apparent that meeting those deadlines would present an overwhelming burden in many areas.
- Due to the COVID-19 virus, the USTA has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but the health and safety of all of those who play our sport is of the utmost importance.
- This has affected families across the country differently, and we are sensitive to the fact that families might not have the financial means to travel to an event like this in 2021.
Based on the recommendations and feedback from USTA staff and volunteers, USTA sections, the USTA Medical Advisory Panel and the USTA Board of Directors, a collaborative decision was made to cancel the 2021 USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships.
Yes, this option was explored, and it was determined that the uncertainty around when various sections would be resuming play would make it too difficult to adequately qualify teams from every section for late fall.
Each section will determine which Junior Team Tennis leagues and championships they will be able to run once the play suspension has been lifted. Please contact your local, district or section coordinators for more information. USTA Section Websites
Each section will determine which Junior Team Tennis leagues and championships they will be able to run. Please contact your local, district or section coordinators for more information. USTA Section Websites
Decisions regarding refunds and other reimbursement options are at the discretion of your section, district or local area.
The USTA Pro Circuit is active in 2021, with a reduced schedule that will remain subject to change as the pandemic affects different parts of the country in different ways and with different timing. Visit usta.com/procircuit for the latest information.