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USTA Prolongs COVID-19 Suspension, Cancels Some Events

After discussions with its Medical Advisory Committee, the USTA is extending the suspension of USTA sanctioned events and products through May 31 due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

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

• Wheelchair events

Given the evolving and fast-changing nature of the situation, the USTA will continue to monitor and assess conditions to make future determinations about events and activities taking place after May 31.

All ITF Junior events, Category 1 and Super Category 2 National Adult tournaments with an ITF status, Junior, Adult and Wheelchair L1-L3 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 July 12.

The National Clay Court Championships, slated to begin on July 11, will proceed as scheduled, at this time.

“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,” Patrick Galbraith, USTA Chairman of the Board and President said in a statement. “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 Intersectional Team Championships

The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York., is currently closed to the public. The facility’s Indoor Tennis Center has been converted to a temporary hospital for COVID-19 patients, while Louis Armstrong Stadium is being utilized as a commissary to facilitate the creation of meal packages that are being distributed to patients, workers and New York City school children.

The USTA National Campus, in the Lake Nona area of Orlando, Florida, will remain closed for play and instructional opportunities through May 31.


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Colette Lewis has covered topflight junior events as a freelance journalist for over a decade. Read her weekly column, follow her on Twitter, and and find more of her daily commentary at ZooTennis.

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