USTA COVID-19 Updates
Update on Suspension of Play and Event Changes - June 4, 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.
At present, stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders have been lifted or modified in some communities, and some are phasing tennis back in as a safe, or in certain cases, an “essential,” activity.
Beginning June 1, the suspension of USTA Sanctioned products and events noted below will now be at the discretion of the USTA Sections and local health authorities. These USTA Sanctioned products and events include:
• Adult and Junior Tournaments
• USTA League
• USTA Junior Team Tennis
• USTA Social Leagues
• Team Challenge
• Team Tournaments
• USTA School Programs
• Tennis on Campus
• Wheelchair Tennis
The safety and well-being of all players and event personnel remains the first and foremost consideration of the USTA. All players should check their USTA Section homepage to determine when these USTA Sanctioned products and events will resume and under what conditions. In all cases, the USTA highly recommends that all players and facilities adhere to the “Playing Tennis Safely” guidelines, as well as all local health and safety regulations when returning to play.
Please note the additional national suspensions below that are still in effect across the country:
All Category 1 and Super Category 2 National Adult Tournaments with an ITF status, all ITF Junior events, all Adults Category 2 and Category 3 tournaments, all Wheelchair L1 - L3 events, and all USTA Pro Circuit events will align with the same calendar as the ITF and be suspended through July 31. The ATP has also suspended events through July 31, while the WTA has suspended select events in July. In addition, the USTA has made the decision, separately, to cancel the 2020 National Clay Court Championships scheduled for July 11-19, and which would have taken place in seven cities across three states.
“The impact of COVID-19 has been felt across the tennis landscape, and it is our goal to ensure that the sport is able to be played in a safe and healthy fashion at the parks and facilities throughout the country once the pandemic subsides,” said Patrick Galbraith, Chairman of the Board and President, USTA. “One of the greatest aspects of this game is that it fosters a true community, and we look forward to the time when we can return to our local courts and use tennis to unite us all, once again.”
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 will serve as the most current until tournament competition resumes.
In addition, to ensure that play taking place at local facilities will be the focus once the pandemic subsides, the following events will be canceled for 2020:
• USTA League National Championships
• USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships
• USTA Junior Intersectional Team Championships
• USTA Zone Team Championships
• USTA National Team Championships
For more information on the cancellation of the USTA League National Championships and USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships, please visit the FAQ.
The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., is currently closed to the public. The facility’s Indoor Tennis Center was converted to a temporary hospital for COVID-19 patients, while Louis Armstrong Stadium was utilized as a commissary to facilitate the creation of meal packages that were distributed to patients, workers and New York City school children.
The USTA National Campus, located in the Lake Nona District of Orlando, Fla., will reopen to the public on June 8 following a comprehensive and systematic readiness assessment and sanitization process. Click here for more information.
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.
* 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.
Playing Tennis Safely: Guidelines for Players and Facilities - April 22, 2020
The USTA recognizes that the coronavirus has been affecting different parts of the country in different ways and with different timing. We therefore believe it will be possible for people to return to playing tennis safely in some cities and states sooner than others.
The USTA has created two "Playing Tennis Safely" documents, one geared to players and one geared to tennis facilities, that have been developed by the USTA in conjunction with its Medical Advisory Group and its Industry partners. These documents provide extensive guidelines for the safe return to the courts.
By following these guidelines as well as those of local governments and health agencies, facilities and players will be able to make informed decisions as to when play can recommence.
Click here for Player Tips and Recommendations
Click here for Facility and Programming Recommendations
Coming together to support pressing needs.
The entire tennis industry has come together to analyze the most pressing needs and the top concerns of all involved in our sport, and to collaborate on programs that can provide the immediate and longer-term support that is needed.
Leading organizations in the industry have collaborated to provide a centralized location to share information about the financial assistance and relief programs available for everyone in the tennis community affected by COVID-19.
The USTA recently awarded just over $140,000 in COVID-19 Return to Play relief funding grants. Read More
With the collegiate landscape rapidly changing due to COVID-19, the USTA would like to provide junior tennis players and parents with important information surrounding the recruiting process. Learn more. Read More
USTA Northern will be tapping its reserves as part of a grants package in the amount of $405,000 for the purpose of recovery and program preparedness following the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. Read More
Due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus, the USTA has suspended USTA sanctioned products and events. The health and safety of all are the foremost concern. Stay connected for updates from the USTA. Read More
Because the coronavirus has been affecting different parts of the country in different ways and with different timing, the USTA believes it will be possible for people to return to playing tennis safely in some cities and states sooner than others. The USTA has created a "Playing Tennis Safely" document for both players and facilities, in conjunction with its Medical Advisory Group and its Industry partners. Read More
Because the coronavirus has been affecting different parts of the country in different ways and with different timing, the USTA believes it will be possible for people to return to playing tennis safely in some cities and states sooner than others. The USTA has created a "Playing Tennis Safely" document for players, in conjunction with its Medical Advisory Group and its Industry partners. Read More
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In the second installment of the USTA's college coach Q&A, we explore how coronavirus has affected recruiting and scheduling. Read More
In a media conference call, USTA CEO and Executive Director Mike Dowse detailed a three-phased response plan to the COVID-19 pandemic, with a total of $50 million committed towards grassroots tennis. Read More
The USTA is providing a comprehensive program of financial, educational and other resources to help the tennis industry weather the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More
Find answers to frequently asked questions about the USTA's response regarding COVID-19, as well as the cancellation of the 2020 League National Championships and Junior Team Tennis National Championships. Read More
The first COVID-19 patients admitted to the temporary hospital at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center are expected to arrive Friday. In addition, crews in Louis Armstrong Stadium have prepared and delivered more than 1.2 million meals over the past nine days. Read More
Due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus, the USTA has suspended all programs, including adaptive tennis programs. Learn more about topics regarding the coronavirus and the COVID-19 situation. Read More
Click here to read the full USTA statement on the All England Club's decision to cancel the 2020 tournament at Wimbledon. Read More
Construction has begun to build a 350-bed hospital facility at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the home of the US Open. Read More
Tips and activities to keep your kids active
The USTA and Net Generation are here to help you keep your children active. Because even when schools are closed, there are plenty of ways to stay engaged while nurturing creativity and a love for learning. Here you’ll find tennis tips and fun activities to keep everyone in the family active and occupied, along with tennis-themed educational content from the USTA Foundation's Academic Creative Engagement (A.C.E.) Curriculum. It’s all designed to make sure the learning—and the fun—doesn’t have to stop.
The USTA adult and community tennis teams have designed unique resources to help tennis players everywhere stay active and connected with the game they love while safe at home. With these clips, tips, activities and more, you can stay physically and mentally fit until it's time to get back on the courts.
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Find answers to frequently asked questions about the USTA's response regarding the coronavirus pandemic, including guidelines for players and facilities on the safety of play, information on the cancellation of the 2020 League National Championships and Junior Team Tennis National Championships, NTRP ratings, membership and fees, and much more.